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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.

Balak 5770

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GOOD MORNING! The story is told of Napoleon walking through the streets of Paris one Tisha B'av. As his entourage passed a synagogue he heard ...


Chukat 5770

Chukat 5770

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GOOD MORNING! People often ask the question, "How do I know there is a God?" There are intellectual answers and evidence - if ...


Korach 5770

Korach 5770

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GOOD MORNING! I asked a young lady - who was dating for purposes of finding a spouse - what she was looking for in a husband. She ...


Shlach 5770

Shlach 5770

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GOOD MORNING! There is a very beautiful prayer we say every Yom Tov (holiday) before taking out the Sefer Torah. It contains just about ...


Be'halot'cha 5770

Be'halot'cha 5770

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GOOD MORNING! What does a person want out of life? People want love, riches, happiness, meaning. And when people get older they like to ...


Naso 5770

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GOOD MORNING! Many years ago in Israel there lived a couple with a little girl. Because the mother was afraid to have her daughter ...


Bamidbar 5770

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GOOD MORNING! Have you ever wondered about the uniqueness of Jewish history? For 3,800 years virtually everyone hates the Jews and ...


Behar-Bechukotai 5770

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GOOD MORNING! Tuesday evening, May 18th, begins the two day holiday of Shavuot (or Shavuos in the Ashkenazic pronunciation). (Yizkor is ...


Emor 5770

Emor 5770

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GOOD MORNING! My beloved friend and colleague, Rabbi Ephraim Shore, scripted a beautiful, uplifting 2 minute video for Aish.com in ...


Acharei Mot-Kedoshim 5770

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GOOD MORNING! What is the value of time? Many of us live our lives as if we will live forever, putting off even important things for ...


Tazria-Metzora 5770

Tazria-Metzora 5770

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GOOD MORNING! This week I share with you three stories ... and one question. Several years ago I was in Prague eating at the King ...


Shmini 5770

Shmini 5770

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GOOD MORNING! Recently, I was asked if I would share again the Mighty Atom's 12 Rules for Raising Delinquent Children. Who was the ...


Pesach 5770

Pesach 5770

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GOOD MORNING! A sweet and healthy Pesach to you and your family! Pesach is the time of spiritual freedom. How do we gain spiritual ...


Tzav 5770

Tzav 5770

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GOOD MORNING! Here is one additional enhancement for the Pesach Seder experience - for you, your family and your guests! My colleague ...


Vayikra 5770

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GOOD MORNING! The Seders are Monday night, March 29th and Tuesday night, March 30th. Q & A: WHAT IS PESACH (PASSOVER) AND HOW IS ...


Vayakhel-Pekudei 5770

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GOOD MORNING! A father was at the beach with his children when his four-year-old son ran up to him, grabbed his hand, and led him to ...


Ki Tisa 5770

Ki Tisa 5770

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GOOD MORNING! My good friend and colleague, Rabbi Steve Baars, is the director of the Aish Branches in and around Washington, D.C. He ...


Tetzaveh 5770

Tetzaveh 5770

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GOOD MORNING! Purim is coming up this week! Purim is the holiday that reminds us that God runs the world behind the scenes. (" ...


Trumah 5770

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GOOD MORNING! What would you say to stop someone from committing suicide? What would happen if after listening to all of the pain and ...


Mishpatim 5770

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GOOD MORNING! Last week's edition regarding the value of a life and my effort to encourage readers to help save the life of Martin ...


Yitro 5770

Yitro 5770

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Help save Martin Grossman's life.


Beshalach 5770

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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 Shabbat, ...


Bo 5770

Bo 5770

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GOOD MORNING! Our hearts go out to the people of Haiti. If you wish to help, there are many funds; I am giving through the Greater ...


Va'eira 5770

Va'eira 5770

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GOOD MORNING! If you had the chance, would you like to talk with God? Maybe ask God a few questions: Why was humankind created? What is ...


Shmot 5770

Shmot 5770

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GOOD MORNING! This week we start the book of Shemos, Exodus, which focuses on a Jew brought up as a non-Jew - Moses. Demographers ...


Vayechi 5770

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GOOD MORNING! The other day I was speaking with a friend who tended to punctuate his speech with earthy, coarse words. I said to him, ...


Vayigash 5770

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GOOD MORNING! Have you ever wondered why a Jew answers a question with a question? If your first reaction is, "Why not?" ... ...


Mikeitz 5765

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! The first candle is lit Tuesday, December 7th. I thought ...


Mikeitz 5770

Mikeitz 5770

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GOOD MORNING! Many of us labor under the common misconception that happiness is a happening: if only I had that 1939 Packard, if only I ...


Vayeshev 5770

Vayeshev 5770

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GOOD MORNING! A friend of mine told me that as he grows older he experiences a personal miracle on Chanukah. He eats one potato latka - ...


Vayishlach 5770

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-> GOOD MORNING! Hanukah is coming soon - the first night is Friday, December 11th. Hanukah is the celebration of a miracle and is ...


Vayetzei 5770

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-> GOOD MORNING! Someone once said, "The problem with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat!" We live ...


Toldot 5770

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GOOD MORNING! How do you find the right person to marry? Traditionally, the Jewish people had an excellent system - Shidduchim ...


Chayei Sarah 5770

Chayei Sarah 5770

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GOOD MORNING! This week I wish to share with you some thoughts about Spirituality. Spirituality is feeling the presence of the ...


Vayeira 5770

Vayeira 5770

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GOOD MORNING! A pundit once said, "Marriage is grand.... Divorce is a hundred grand!" In this week's Torah portion we have ...


Lech Lecha 5770

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-> GOOD MORNING! Last week I wrote about the value of an act of kindness and how Henry Percal's kindness in protecting a young Cuban ...


Noach 5770

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GOOD MORNING! What is the value of an act of kindness? Several years ago my friend Henry Percal shared with me a story of his youth. ...


Bereishit 5770

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GOOD MORNING! A person poured out his heart to me, "I would like to believe in God, but it is so hard. How do I know that God created the ...


Sukkot 5770

Sukkot 5770

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GOOD MORNING! Judaism has something for everyone. If you like to drink, we have Purim. If you like asceticism or self-denial we have Yom Kippur. If ...


Ha'azinu 5770

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GOOD MORNING! Yom Kippur begins Sunday evening, September 27th (Yizkor is on Monday, the 28th). The story is told of a house painter who deeply ...


Rosh Hashanah 5770

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GOOD MORNING! Rosh Hashana begins Friday evening, September 18th! Many Jews all over the world are rushing to make sure that they have places ...


Nitzavim-Vayelech 5769

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GOOD MORNING! There are still 2 weeks to Rosh Hashanah. Here are some helpful ideas: 10 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO PREPARE FOR ROSH HASHANAH 1. Take a ...


Ki Tavo 5769

Ki Tavo 5769

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GOOD MORNING! The story is told of two prisoners condemned to death being held for 6 months in the dungeon of a castle. On the day of execution, the ...


Ki Tetzei 5769

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GOOD MORNING! Rabbi Noah Weinberg was a man who lived with a constant God-consciousness. He always focused on God's love for him and strove to share ...


Shoftim 5769

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GOOD MORNING! Recently I received a beautiful PowerPoint presentation "The Price of Children" (author unknown) from which I would like to ...


Re'eh 5769

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GOOD MORNING! The Talmud (Arakin 15b) tells us that Loshon Hora (literally: "evil speech") kills three people - the one who speaks it, the ...


Ekev 5769

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GOOD MORNING! With the headlines in the newspapers shouting the latest scandals, there are several thoughts we should focus on and lessons that we ...


V'etchanan 5769

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GOOD MORNING! One of the major questions in life is, "Do we control our emotions or do our emotions control us?" Our Torah teaches that we ...


Devarim 5769

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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, ...


Matos - Masei 5769

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GOOD MORNING! Can one Can one test the Almighty? Part of what I do in life is fundraising. One time I met with one of our supporters, a personal ...


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