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Rabbi Kalman Packouz

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Shoftim 5771

GOOD MORNING! What is courage? The year is 1929. It's Friday, August 23rd. The Grand Mufti is...

Re'eh 5771

GOOD MORNING! Shortly, it will be Rosh Chodesh Elul (August 30th and 31st), the beginning of the...

Ekev 5771

GOOD MORNING! Next year is the 75th anniversary of the destruction of the Zeppelin airship...

V'etchanan 5771

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

Devarim 5771

GOOD MORNING! What is the saddest day of a person's life? Most likely it is the death of one of...

Masay 5771

GOOD MORNING! We intuitively believe in free will. That is why we hold others responsible for...

Matot 5771

GOOD MORNING! There are two ways to gain wisdom about life -- study revealed wisdom (the Torah) or...

Pinchas 5771

GOOD MORNING! The story is told of Napoleon walking through the streets of Paris one Tisha B'av...

Balak 5771

GOOD MORNING! Two 18 year olds met with a rabbi regarding their upcoming marriage. The rabbi...

Chukat 5771

GOOD MORNING! In this day and age, most Jews do not keep Kosher. Why not? Is it because we are...

Korach 5771

GOOD MORNING! Each week about 50,000 Shabbat Shaloms go out by fax and 50,000 by email. I once...

Shlach 5771

GOOD MORNING! Many years ago while I was working in the Old City of Jerusalem, a tourist asked me...

Be'halot'cha 5771

GOOD MORNING! The story is told of a group of students working diligently on the trait of humility...

Naso 5771

GOOD MORNING! Tuesday evening, June 7th, begins the two day holiday of Shavuot (or Shavuos in the...

Bamidbar 5771

GOOD MORNING! When are you allowed to lie? When my eldest son, Avraham, was 6 years old his friend...

Bechukotai 5771

GOOD MORNING! It has been said that "Education is what you have left after you forget...

Behar 5771

GOOD MORNING! Is this life all that there is -- or is there something beyond our earthly existence...

Emor 5771

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

Kedoshim 5771

GOOD MORNING! Are you happy with who you are? Wish you could change, but don't know how? How does...

Pesach 5771

GOOD MORNING! Until I was 22 years old and started to learn in a yeshiva, I always thought that...

Acharei Mot 5771

GOOD MORNING! Have you seen the new one-minute movie "Google Exodus - What if Moses had...

Metzora 5771

GOOD MORNING! Would you like to have better relationships, create peace and make a better world?...

Tazria 5771

GOOD MORNING! Many Jewish holidays have been humorously described as: "They wanted to kill us...

Shmini 5771

GOOD MORNING! A few years ago I received a very interesting email from Micha Males. He asked for...

Tzav 5771

GOOD MORNING! Did God actually speak to the Jewish people at Mt. Sinai - or was it the biggest...

Vayikra 5771

GOOD MORNING! Purim is coming up next week - Saturday night, March 19th, through all day Sunday...

Pekudei 5771

GOOD MORNING! While studying at the University of Washington in Seattle, I took a political...

Vayakhel 5771

GOOD MORNING! Have you ever read about people seeking to have their dog covered under their...

Ki Tisa 5771

GOOD MORNING! An atheist was visiting Scotland. While boating on the famed Loch Ness he sees a...

Tetzaveh 5771

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

Trumah 5771

GOOD MORNING! What do you think is the first question that you will be asked in the World to Come?...

Mishpatim 5771

GOOD MORNING! How would you feel if you won the lottery? Most people would feel elated - one of...

Yitro 5771

GOOD MORNING! When is the New Year? Would you be surprised to know that there are 4 New Years in...

Beshalach 5771

GOOD MORNING! What is free will? It is not deciding whether you want chocolate or vanilla ice...

Bo 5771

GOOD MORNING! Were you ever caught up in your own angst that you failed to see the bigger...

Va'eira 5771

GOOD MORNING! What do non-Orthodox Jews think about Orthodox Jews? While there are probably as...

Shmot 5771

GOOD MORNING! What are the qualities that make a leader? This week we start the Book of Exodus...

Vayechi 5771

GOOD MORNING! This past week I had a fascinating experience. I asked a supporter of the Shabbat...

Vayigash 5771

GOOD MORNING! "What is the shortest sentence in the English language? I am. What is the...

Mikeitz 5771

GOOD MORNING! I once went to a tailor in Singapore to make a suit. He asked me, "What would...

Vayeshev 5771

GOOD MORNING! Hanukah is - the first night is Wednesday, December 1st. It's a wonderful family...

Vayishlach 5771

GOOD MORNING! What is the absolute minimum "quality of life" where life is still...

Vayetzei 5771

GOOD MORNING! Why are the Jewish people called "Yehudim"? When our matriarch, Leah, gave...

Toldot 5771

GOOD MORNING! How do you know whether or not you should marry a person? Many people go by their...

Chayei Sarah 5771

GOOD MORNING! A young religious man, Shmuel, lived with his wife and children in an apartment in a...

Vayeira 5771

GOOD MORNING! Did you ever wonder if there is more to life than just your physical self - whether...

Lech Lecha 5771

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

Noach 5771

GOOD MORNING! This week's Torah portion is Noah - the story of the world being destroyed by a...

Bereishit 5771

GOOD MORNING! Have you heard the one about the dyslexic agnostic insomniac? He stays up all night...

Sukkot 5771

GOOD MORNING! Judaism has something for everyone. If you like to drink, we have Purim. If you like...

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