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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.

Mishpatim 5770

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...


Pinchas 5769

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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-Balak 5769

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GOOD MORNING! What is the value of keeping your word? What is the value of keeping Shabbos (religiously fulfilling the laws of the Sabbath)? I once ...


Vayishlach 5767

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! Hanukah is coming soon -- the first night is Friday, ...


Korach 5769

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GOOD MORNING! Last week I shared with you the Secret of Life according to my friend, Rabbi Pliskin. For those who missed it or don't remember: (1) ...


Shlach 5769

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GOOD MORNING! I once offered a young man the opportunity to meet my good friend and renowned author and speaker, Rabbi Zelig Pliskin. The young man ...


Be'halot'cha 5769

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GOOD MORNING! One cannot love what one does not know. If one wants to appreciate and love being Jewish, he needs to learn the Torah and know the ...


Naso 5769

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GOOD MORNING! If you are Jewish, firstborn, male, whose parents are neither Cohanim or Levites and your mother didn't have a previous miscarriage ...


Shavuot 5769

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GOOD MORNING! This week I would like to share with you a poignant story about one of the people I most respected and admired - Mr. Bernard (Dov) ...


Bamidbar 5769

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GOOD MORNING! Thursday evening, May 28th, begins the two day holiday of Shavu'ot (or Shavu'os in the Ashkenazic pronunciation). (Yizkor, is on ...


Bechukotai 5769

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GOOD MORNING! In about two weeks is Shavuous, the holiday celebrating the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. In addition to the usual festive meals ...


Emor 5769

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GOOD MORNING! Mother's Day is coming up Sunday, May 10th on the American Holiday Schedule. (In the Jewish "Holiday Schedule", every day is Mother's ...


Kedoshim 5769

Kedoshim 5769

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GOOD MORNING! With tremendous gratitude to the Almighty and congratulations to my daughter Chana and son in law, Eli Lebovics, it is my pleasure to ...


Metzora 5769

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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 ...


Shmini 5769

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GOOD MORNING! My father always says that "Free advice is worth what you pay for it." Here is an exception to that rule. It has been said that "being ...


Passover (first day) 5769

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GOOD MORNING! A sweet and healthy Pesach to each of you, my beloved readers! Q & A: WHY THE EMPHASIS ON PESACH TO BE CHAMETZ-FREE? On Pesach ...


Tzav 5769

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GOOD MORNING! There are 613 Commandments in the Torah (not just the 10 Commandments given at Mt. Sinai). The Hebrew word "mitzvah" ...


Vayikra 5769

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GOOD MORNING! The Seders are Wednesday night, April 8th and Thursday night, April 9th. Q & A: WHAT IS PESACH (PASSOVER) AND HOW IS IT ...


Pekudei 5769

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GOOD MORNING! The Seders are Wednesday night, April 8th and Thursday night, April 9th. About three weeks until Pesach and counting ... It's time to ...


Ki Tisa 5769

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GOOD MORNING! I once had the pleasure of attending a wedding in Jerusalem. It is the custom in Jerusalem for poor people to collect tzedakah ...