About the Author


Rabbi Kalman Packouz

Since 1992, Rabbi Packouz is the author of Shabbat Shalom Weekly, with insights into life, personal growth and Torah.  He transitioned from a Reform Judaism background to a fully Torah-observant life at age 22, via Aish HaTorah, where he was one of the founding five students.  He is co-founder of Aish HaTorah’s first branch, in St. Louis, Missouri and the originator of the Aish Jewish Computer Dating Service -- perhaps the first Jewish computer dating services.  He is also the creator of TheWall.org -- Aish’s webcam on the Western Wall.  The Shabbat Shalom Weekly started with 50 faxes and 50 emails.  Today, it has over 100,000 subscribers and is available in English, Hebrew, Spanish and Portuguese.  To subscribe, go to www.shabbatshalom.org and enter your email address. Click for Rabbi Packouz's complete bio.


Ki Tisa 5779

GOOD MORNING! Have you ever noticed that there is something unique about Jewish history? No nation...

Tetzaveh 5779

GOOD MORNING! Once I was in line at a grill restaurant when the woman in front of me asks,...

Trumah 5779

GOOD MORNING! We are now entering the Hebrew month of Adar 1. Because this is a leap year, we add...

Mishpatim 5779

GOOD MORNING! One time while I lived in Jerusalem, I parked my car in front of Uri's Pizza to pick...

Yitro 5779

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

Beshalach 5779

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

Bo 5779

GOOD MORNING! What is the greatest pleasure in your life? Love of your spouse? Love of your kids?...

Va'eira 5779

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

Shmot 5779

GOOD MORNING! Are you a success in life? An Aish teacher (a real estate lawyer by day) was stuck...

Vayechi 5779

GOOD MORNING! What do you think the chances are of getting back a bag you left in the back seat of...

Vayigash 5779

GOOD MORNING! What is your greatest pleasure in life? Most people will initially think of physical...

Mikeitz 5779

GOOD MORNING! Years ago my 6 year old son was late for dinner. After frantically calling the...

Vayeshev 5779

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Vayishlach 5779

GOOD MORNING! Mark Twain wrote a fascinating article, "Concerning the Jews," in the...

Vayetzei 5779

GOOD MORNING! Every day we make decisions, we react, we interact, we do acts of kindness....

Toldot 5779

GOOD MORNING! What is the secret to happiness in marriage? My beloved friend, Dr. Ron Goldstein,...

Chayei Sarah 5779

It is a sad day. Our hearts go out to our brothers and sisters in Pittsburgh who have suffered...

Vayeira 5779

GOOD MORNING! Humor. It lightens the load. It delights. It brings joy to the joke teller and the...

Lech Lecha 5779

GOOD MORNING! What would you be willing to give up your life for? Your kids, your spouse, your...

Noach 5779

GOOD MORNING! Perseverance. One of the important rules for success in life. For 120 years Noach...

Bereishit 5779

GOOD MORNING! My dear friend Rabbi Saul Rosenblatt's wife, Elana, passed to the next world at a...

Sukkot 5779

GOOD MORNING! Sunday evening, September 23rd, begins Sukkot (or Sukkos in the Ashkenazi...

Ha'azinu 5779

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

Vayelech 5779

WYNTKA -- What you need to know about ... GOOD MORNING! One of my favorite stories is of the...

Nitzavim 5778

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Ki Tavo 5778

HOT NEWS! Now after 26 years in English, the Shabbat Shalom Weekly is available in Hebrew and...

Ki Tetzei 5778

GOOD MORNING! The apocryphal story is told of a man at the race tracks who sees a rabbi blessing a...

Shoftim 5778

GOOD MORNING! On a beautiful fall day in Seattle, two months before graduating the University of...

Re'eh 5778

GOOD MORNING! Did you ever want to meet the President of the United States? Unless you are a...

Ekev 5778

GOOD MORNING! Jewish history is full of miracles. Most people know about the 10 plagues and the...

V'etchanan 5778

GOOD MORNING! I know a person who, as a child, didn't like to make his bed. Every day when he came...

Devarim 5778

GOOD MORNING! What is the saddest day of your life? For most of us, it is the day when someone...

Matot-Masay 5778

GOOD MORNING! A man once asked a rabbi for advice. "Rabbi, I only have 15 minutes a day to...

Pinchas 5778

GOOD MORNING! People often ask the question, "How do I know there is a God?" There are...

Balak 5778

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

Chukat 5778

GOOD MORNING! In the Torah portion of Va'etchanan the Almighty instructs the Jewish people,...

Korach 5778

GOOD MORNING! My friend, Charlie Harary (CharlieHarary.com), tells the story of an elderly and...

Shlach 5778

GOOD MORNING! Have you ever wondered why the Israeli Ministry of Tourism chose two of the Biblical...

Be'halot'cha 5778

GOOD MORNING! Whenever I would visit New York I would get together with my old friend, Walter. We...

Naso 5778

GOOD MORNING! Did you ever ask yourself, "What good is prayer? My prayers don't get...

Bamidbar 5778

GOOD MORNING! Saturday evening, May 19th, begins the two day holiday of Shavuot (or Shavuos in the...

Behar-Bechukotai 5778

GOOD MORNING! A few years ago I was flying back to Miami from NY. I introduced myself to the woman...

Emor 5778

GOOD MORNING! According to Jewish cosmology, the day begins with nightfall. That is why all...

Acharei Mot-Kedoshim 5778

GOOD MORNING! A dear friend, Avi Shulman, sent to me a copy of his new book, Inspired Parenting...

Tazria-Metzora 5778

GOOD MORNING! Just about everyone would like to make the world a better place. However, we are...

Shmini 5778

GOOD MORNING! How many mitzvos can one fulfill in getting a haircut? I imagine there are many...

7th Day Pesach 5778

GOOD MORNING! An elderly American was waiting in line for Passport Control at Charles de Gaulle...

Pesach 5778

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

Tzav 5778

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

Vayikra 5778

GOOD MORNING! Our hearts go out to the students, parents and community of Parkland, Florida....

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