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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.

Bo 5769

Bo 5769

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GOOD MORNING! The story is told of a class of students who were requested to write their list for the modern day "Seven Wonders of the World." Many ...


Va'eira 5769

Va'eira 5769

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GOOD MORNING! George Burns once lamented that it's "too bad all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxi cabs and cutting ...


Chayei Sarah 5759

Chayei Sarah 5759

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GOOD MORNING! Standing in the checkout line at the supermarket one is surrounded by the tabloids and their headlines -- Monica's off to a diet ...


Shabbat Shalom Weekly_

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Sukkot is the time of our joy!


Shmot 5769

Shmot 5769

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GOOD MORNING! I don't believe I have ever heard anyone say, "Gee, raising kids sure is easy!" It has been said that being a parent is the only ...


Vayechi 5769

Vayechi 5769

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GOOD MORNING! There are so many things happening in the world these days. It's almost enough to drive some people who are not used to praying to ...


Vayigash 5769

Vayigash 5769

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GOOD MORNING! The story is told of a rabbi in a small village in Poland before World War II. One day the village priest knocks on his door and asks ...


Mikeitz 5769

Mikeitz 5769

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GOOD MORNING! Happy Hanukah! I thought you might enjoy a perspective article written by my friend and colleague Rabbi Nachum Braverman, Aish HaTorah ...


Vayeshev 5769

Vayeshev 5769

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GOOD MORNING! Hanukah is coming soon - the first night is Sunday, December 21st. It's a wonderful family holiday. After we light the candles, we ...


Reb Noah's Favorite Joke

Reb Noah's Favorite Joke

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Imagine what we could accomplish if we actually used our potential.


Vayishlach 5769

Vayishlach 5769

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GOOD MORNING! This might be the "slickest" segue you'll ever see: In this week's Torah Portion, Yitzchak (Isaac) dies. After they buried Yitzchak, ...


Vayetzei 5769

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GOOD MORNING! Last week I wrote about Trust in God. It occurred to me that for one to trust in God, one must first believe in the existence of God. ...


Toldot 5769

Toldot 5769

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GOOD MORNING! I just returned from a trip to Hong Kong and Singapore. Each person shared the economic woes and fears he faced - and their efforts, ...


Chayei Sarah 5769

Chayei Sarah 5769

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GOOD MORNING! With what's going on in the world with the stock market, the banks, the defaulting mortgages, there is a lot of stress going around in ...


Vayeira 5769

Vayeira 5769

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GOOD MORNING! Last week I wrote about the existence of the soul and the nature of the World to Come. This week I share with you my own journey to ...


Lech Lecha 5769

Lech Lecha 5769

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GOOD MORNING! People often ask me, "Does Judaism believe in an afterlife?" I grew up with a secular background and it wasn't until I was 22 years ...


Noach 5769

Noach 5769

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GOOD MORNING! One time I returned from a meeting to find a Meter Maid (does anyone still use that name?) writing a parking ticket for my car. When ...


Bereishit 5769

Bereishit 5769

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GOOD MORNING! It makes sense that if there is a God Who created the world and created us for a purpose, that He would communicate to us what is the ...


Sukkot 5769

Sukkot 5769

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GOOD MORNING! This coming Shabbat we read a special Torah portion for Shabbat during Chol HaMoed (pronounced something like "hole hah-moe-aid") ...


Ha'azinu 5769

Ha'azinu 5769

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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 ...


Vayelech 5768

Vayelech 5768

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GOOD MORNING! Yom Kippur begins Wednesday evening, October 8th (Yizkor is on Thursday, the 9th). Rabbi Avraham Bukspan recently shared with me an ...


Nitzavim 5768

Nitzavim 5768

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GOOD MORNING! Rosh Hashana begins Monday evening, September 29th! Many Jews all over the world are rushing to make sure that they have places ...


Ki Tavo 5768

Ki Tavo 5768

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GOOD MORNING! Did you ever want to accomplish something and just couldn't gather the willpower to do it? Now Rabbi Zelig Pliskin has written his ...


Why Kosher?

Why Kosher?

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Keeping kosher offers a variety of spiritual and practical benefits.


Ki Tetzei 5768

Ki Tetzei 5768

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GOOD MORNING! No one is perfect. Luckily, I have lots of readers ready and willing to help me see where I fall short. And, to tell the truth, I am ...


Shoftim 5768

Shoftim 5768

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GOOD MORNING! If you were given a choice of whether you would like to be happy, would like to be rich or would like to be a wise person -which would ...


Tribute to Simon Wiesenthal

Tribute to Simon Wiesenthal

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What is behind the man who brought 1,100 war criminals to justice?


Re'eh 5768

Re'eh 5768

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GOOD MORNING! When most people hear the word "Kiddush" they think of the food reception following Saturday morning services. The word "kiddush" ...


Ekev 5768

Ekev 5768

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! Last week over a cup of coffee my friend turned to me and ...


V'etchanan 5768

V'etchanan 5768

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! In this week's Torah portion the Almighty instructs the ...


Devarim 5768

Devarim 5768

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! What is the saddest day of a person's life? Most likely it ...


Masay 5768

Masay 5768

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! My father always says that "Free advice is worth what you ...


Matot 5768

Matot 5768

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! We are now in the "Three Weeks" -- the period of time ...


Pinchas 5768

Pinchas 5768

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! The story is told of Napoleon walking through the streets ...


Balak 5768

Balak 5768

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! Last week we completed the first section (The Nature of ...


Chukat 5768

Chukat 5768

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! There is much confusion amongst Jews as to what we believe ...


Korach 5768

Korach 5768

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! I was flying back to Miami from NY. I introduced myself to ...


Shlach 5768

Shlach 5768

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! Have you ever wondered why the Israeli Ministry of Tourism ...


Be'halot'cha 5768

Be'halot'cha 5768

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! I know a person who, as a child, didn't like to make his ...


Naso 5768

Naso 5768

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! Sunday evening, June 8th, begins the two day holiday of ...


Bamidbar 5768

Bamidbar 5768

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! I thought that you might enjoy these observations about ...


Bechukotai 5768

Bechukotai 5768

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! It amazes me how many times when I start to reply to a ...


Behar 5768

Behar 5768

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! You may have heard of the Darwin Awards. They are given ...


Kedoshim 5768

Kedoshim 5768

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! Years ago my 6 year old son was late for dinner. After a ...


Passover (first day) 5769

Passover (first day) 5769

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! This Shabbat coincides with the Seventh Day of Pesach, a ...


Pesach (seventh day) 5769

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! This Shabbat coincides with the Seventh Day of Pesach, a ...


Acharei Mot 5768

Acharei Mot 5768

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! The first Seder is Motza'ai Shabbat, Saturday evening, ...


Metzora 5768

Metzora 5768

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! The Seders are Saturday night, April 19th and Sunday ...


Tazria 5768

Tazria 5768

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! What is love? Is it just a feeling? Does it come from ...


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