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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.

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 ...


Chayei Sarah 5771

Chayei Sarah 5771

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GOOD MORNING! A young religious man, Shmuel, lived with his wife and children in an apartment in a poor section of Jerusalem. One day a ...


Vayeira 5771

Vayeira 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Did you ever wonder if there is more to life than just your physical self - whether or not you have a soul? Ever wonder what made us ...


Lech Lecha 5771

Lech Lecha 5771

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GOOD MORNING! I once saw a bumper sticker: "Hug Your Kids at Home; Belt Them in the Car". Obviously, the bumper sticker is a safety ...


Noach 5771

Noach 5771

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GOOD MORNING! This week's Torah portion is Noah - the story of the world being destroyed by a flood because of the way people treated each other ...


Bereishit 5771

Bereishit 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Have you heard the one about the dyslexic agnostic insomniac? He stays up all night wondering whether or not there is a dog. We know ...


Sukkot 5771

Sukkot 5771

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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 ...


Yom Kippur 5771

Yom Kippur 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Yom Kippur begins Friday evening, September 17th. The story is told of a house painter who deeply regretted stealing from his clients ...


Ha'azinu 5771

Ha'azinu 5771

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GOOD MORNING! What would it take for the Almighty to forgive your transgressions? Wednesday, September 8th begins Rosh Hashana -and ten days later, ...


Nitzavim-Vayelech 5770

Nitzavim-Vayelech 5770

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GOOD MORNING! Rosh Hashana begins Wednesday evening, September 8th! Many Jews all over the world are rushing to make sure that they have places ...


Ki Tavo 5770

Ki Tavo 5770

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GOOD MORNING! How do you get the most out of your life and make the most of your life? It all depends on setting priorities and goals, making ...


Ki Tetzei 5770

Ki Tetzei 5770

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GOOD MORNING! There's an old Jewish saying that "If one person calls you a donkey, ignore him. If two people call you a donkey ... buy a ...


Shoftim 5770

Shoftim 5770

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GOOD MORNING! I recently received 2 emails. The first contained an article on Warren Buffet's incredibly laudable and applaudable pledge to ...


Re'eh 5770

Re'eh 5770

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GOOD MORNING! Did you ever want to meet the President of the United States? Unless you are a foreign dignitary or a very generous contributor, ...


Ekev 5770

Ekev 5770

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GOOD MORNING! Did you ever wonder what really distinguishes a human being from an animal? Every human has four deep seated needs ...


V'etchanan

V'etchanan

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GOOD MORNING! Life is filled with challenges and difficulties in getting along with others - family, friends, fellow workers. How can ...


Devarim 5770

Devarim 5770

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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, ...


Matot-Masay 5770

Matot-Masay 5770

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GOOD MORNING! There is one guarantee for every one of us in life - we are going to die. (Though it sounds so final, don't worry - our ...


Pinchas 5770

Pinchas 5770

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GOOD MORNING! There are many things the nations of the world have called the Jewish people over the millennium. However, even those who ...


Balak 5770

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

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

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

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

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 ...