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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.


Emor 5779

GOOD MORNING! Last week we explored the excuses for anti-Semitism; this week we'll look at the...

Kedoshim 5779

GOOD MORNING! After the shooting at the Poway Synagogue in California many people have asked,...

Acharei Mot 5779

Perhaps the greatest resistance of the Jews during the Holocaust was their efforts to retain their humanity towards others, to do acts of kindness and to help others.

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Pesach 5779

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

Metzora 5779

GOOD MORNING! About one week left to buy your wine and matzos (if you haven't yet) -- and to...

Tazria 5779

GOOD MORNING! Once, I was speaking with a friend who tended to punctuate his speech with earthy,...

Shmini 5779

GOOD MORNING! Our Sages instruct us to start preparing for a holiday 30 days beforehand. Pesach...

Tzav 5779

GOOD MORNING! The world faces many challenges. What are we to do? My teacher, Rabbi Noah Weinberg,...

Vayikra 5779

GOOD MORNING! Purim is coming up next week -- Wednesday night, March 20th, through all day...

Pekudei 5779

GOOD MORNING! Last week we dealt with the anomaly that the Jews have been the most hated and...

Vayakhel 5779

GOOD MORNING! Last week I shared with you four Torah prophecies charting Jewish history: 1) that...

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...

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