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Rabbi Kalman Packouz

Rabbi Kalman Packouz is the author and publisher of Shabbat Shalom Internet Weekly. To subscribe, go to www.shabbatshalom.org and enter your email address. Click for Rabbi Packouz's complete bio.

Bereishit 5772

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GOOD MORNING! How do people see you? Do you like the way they treat you or respond to you? Life is like a mirror. The people you see reflect back ...


Yom Kippur 5772

Yom Kippur 5772

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GOOD MORNING! Yom Kippur begins Friday evening, October 7th. The story is told of a house painter who deeply regretted stealing from his clients by ...


Ha'azinu 5772

Ha'azinu 5772

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GOOD MORNING! If Rosh Hashana (which begins Wednesday evening, September 28th) is when we get inscribed in the Book of Life and Yom Kippur is the ...


Nitzavim-Vayelech 5771

Nitzavim-Vayelech 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Did you ever have a heartfelt belief, something that you were sure in your bones was true ... and then read something and have your ...


Ki Tavo 5771

Ki Tavo 5771

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GOOD MORNING! What is the value of integrity? When I first moved to Miami 20 years ago I needed a car. I negotiated a price of $13,000 out the door ...


KiTetzei 5771

KiTetzei 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Did you ever try to do a good deed, get frustrated in your efforts and think to say, "No good deed goes unpunished"? If we ...


Shoftim 5771

Shoftim 5771

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GOOD MORNING! What is courage? The year is 1929. It's Friday, August 23rd. The Grand Mufti is preaching to a packed crowd of worshippers on the ...


Re'eh 5771

Re'eh 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Shortly, it will be Rosh Chodesh Elul (August 30th and 31st), the beginning of the Hebrew month of Elul. This means that there is one ...


Ekev 5771

Ekev 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Next year is the 75th anniversary of the destruction of the Zeppelin airship Hindenburg. It was one of the greatest tragedies of the ...


V'etchanan 5771

V'etchanan 5771

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GOOD MORNING! The story is told of a man who came to his rabbi with a request. "Make me a Cohen!" The rabbi was puzzled because a person ...


Devarim 5771

Devarim 5771

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GOOD MORNING! What is the saddest day of a person's life? Most likely it is the death of one of his closest relatives -- father, mother, brother, ...


Masay 5771

Masay 5771

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GOOD MORNING! We intuitively believe in free will. That is why we hold others responsible for their actions -- and why we hold ourselves responsible ...


Matot 5771

Matot 5771

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GOOD MORNING! There are two ways to gain wisdom about life -- study revealed wisdom (the Torah) or look at life and distill the wisdom (philosophy, ...


Pinchas 5771

Pinchas 5771

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GOOD MORNING! The story is told of Napoleon walking through the streets of Paris one Tisha B'av (the 9th day of the Hebrew month of Av, a day of ...


Balak 5771

Balak 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Two 18 year olds met with a rabbi regarding their upcoming marriage. The rabbi greeted them warmly and excitedly asked, "Do you ...


Chukat 5771

Chukat 5771

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GOOD MORNING! In this day and age, most Jews do not keep Kosher. Why not? Is it because we are more knowledgeable than our forebearers the past ...


Korach 5771

Korach 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Each week about 50,000 Shabbat Shaloms go out by fax and 50,000 by email. I once received a rather strong message on my voicemail: ...


Shlach 5771

Shlach 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Many years ago while I was working in the Old City of Jerusalem, a tourist asked me to direct him to a store selling mezuzot. I took ...


Be'halot'cha 5771

Be'halot'cha 5771

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GOOD MORNING! The story is told of a group of students working diligently on the trait of humility. A new student entered the study hall and saw the ...


Naso 5771

Naso 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Tuesday evening, June 7th, begins the two day holiday of Shavuot (or Shavuos in the Ashkenazic pronunciation). (Yizkor is on Thursday, ...


Bamidbar 5771

Bamidbar 5771

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GOOD MORNING! When are you allowed to lie? When my eldest son, Avraham, was 6 years old his friend desperately wanted him to come play at his house. ...


Bechukotai 5771

Bechukotai 5771

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GOOD MORNING! It has been said that "Education is what you have left after you forget everything you've learned." Our goal in life is to ...


Behar 5771

Behar 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Is this life all that there is -- or is there something beyond our earthly existence? Does it make a difference what you do in this ...


Emor 5771

Emor 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Did you ever get into an argument with someone - and then wondered in retrospect how your discussion turned into an emotional ...


Kedoshim 5771

Kedoshim 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Are you happy with who you are? Wish you could change, but don't know how? How does one change? The formula is straightforward: (1) ...


Pesach 5771

Pesach 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Until I was 22 years old and started to learn in a yeshiva, I always thought that there were only 10 Commandments. I was surprised to ...


Acharei Mot 5771

Acharei Mot 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Have you seen the new one-minute movie "Google Exodus - What if Moses had Facebook?" Check it out on Aish.com! Now is the ...


Metzora 5771

Metzora 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Would you like to have better relationships, create peace and make a better world? The place to start is by elevating your speech - ...


Tazria 5771

Tazria 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Many Jewish holidays have been humorously described as: "They wanted to kill us. We won. Let's eat." If you'd like to have ...


Shmini 5771

Shmini 5771

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GOOD MORNING! A few years ago I received a very interesting email from Micha Males. He asked for my help - and the help of thousands of others as ...


Tzav 5771

Tzav 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Did God actually speak to the Jewish people at Mt. Sinai - or was it the biggest hoax and snow job in history? Here's what the Torah ...


Vayikra 5771

Vayikra 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Purim is coming up next week - Saturday night, March 19th, through all day Sunday (except in those places noted below)! Purim is the ...


Pekudei 5771

Pekudei 5771

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GOOD MORNING! While studying at the University of Washington in Seattle, I took a political science course from a professor who started each class ...


Vayakhel 5771

Vayakhel 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Have you ever read about people seeking to have their dog covered under their medical insurance as their partner or significant other? ...


Ki Tisa 5771

Ki Tisa 5771

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GOOD MORNING! An atheist was visiting Scotland. While boating on the famed Loch Ness he sees a giant slithering eel-like creature undulating through ...


Tetzaveh 5771

Tetzaveh 5771

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GOOD MORNING! A young man visited his guru before leaving the ashram in India for America. "O Guru," asks the young man, "What is ...


Trumah 5771

Trumah 5771

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GOOD MORNING! What do you think is the first question that you will be asked in the World to Come? The Talmud, Shabbat 31a tells us that the very ...


Mishpatim 5771

Mishpatim 5771

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GOOD MORNING! How would you feel if you won the lottery? Most people would feel elated - one of the best days of their life! Why? In truth, nothing ...


Yitro 5771

Yitro 5771

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GOOD MORNING! When is the New Year? Would you be surprised to know that there are 4 New Years in the Jewish calendar - and Thursday, January 20th is ...


Beshalach 5771

Beshalach 5771

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GOOD MORNING! What is free will? It is not deciding whether you want chocolate or vanilla ice cream. That is weighing your desires. It is not ...


Bo 5771

Bo 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Were you ever caught up in your own angst that you failed to see the bigger picture? I would like to share with you one of my ...


Va'eira 5771

Va'eira 5771

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GOOD MORNING! What do non-Orthodox Jews think about Orthodox Jews? While there are probably as many opinions as there are Jews, a fairly common ...


Shmot 5771

Shmot 5771

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GOOD MORNING! What are the qualities that make a leader? This week we start the Book of Exodus which includes the story of Moshe (Moses), a ...


Vayechi 5771

Vayechi 5771

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GOOD MORNING! This past week I had a fascinating experience. I asked a supporter of the Shabbat Shalom for $1,800 - and he laughed. In my experience ...


Vayigash 5771

Vayigash 5771

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GOOD MORNING! "What is the shortest sentence in the English language? I am. What is the longest sentence? I do." "Marriage is like a ...


Mikeitz 5771

Mikeitz 5771

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GOOD MORNING! I once went to a tailor in Singapore to make a suit. He asked me, "What would you like?" I told him, "a double-breasted ...


Vayeshev 5771

Vayeshev 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Hanukah is - the first night is Wednesday, December 1st. It's a wonderful family holiday. After we light the candles, we sing Maoz ...


Vayishlach 5771

Vayishlach 5771

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GOOD MORNING! What is the absolute minimum "quality of life" where life is still worthwhile? Perhaps the following true story will give ...


Vayetzei 5771

Vayetzei 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Why are the Jewish people called "Yehudim"? When our matriarch, Leah, gave birth to her fourth child she called him ...


Toldot 5771

Toldot 5771

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GOOD MORNING! How do you know whether or not you should marry a person? Many people go by their "gut feelings." The problem is - sometimes ...


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