About the Author


Rabbi Kalman Packouz

Between 1992 and 2019, Rabbi Packouz, obm was 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 was 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 service. He is also the creator of TheWall.org – a 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.


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...

Yom Kippur 5771

GOOD MORNING! Yom Kippur begins Friday evening, September 17th. The story is told of a house...

Ha'azinu 5771

GOOD MORNING! What would it take for the Almighty to forgive your transgressions? Wednesday,...

Nitzavim-Vayelech 5770

GOOD MORNING! Rosh Hashana begins Wednesday evening, September 8th! Many Jews all over the world...

Ki Tavo 5770

GOOD MORNING! How do you get the most out of your life and make the most of your life? It all...

Ki Tetzei 5770

GOOD MORNING! There's an old Jewish saying that "If one person calls you a donkey, ignore him...

Shoftim 5770

GOOD MORNING! I recently received 2 emails. The first contained an article on Warren...

Re'eh 5770

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

Ekev 5770

GOOD MORNING! Did you ever wonder what really distinguishes a human being from an...

V'etchanan

GOOD MORNING! Life is filled with challenges and difficulties in getting along with...

Devarim 5770

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

Matot-Masay 5770

GOOD MORNING! There is one guarantee for every one of us in life - we are going to...

Pinchas 5770

GOOD MORNING! There are many things the nations of the world have called the Jewish...

Balak 5770

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

Chukat 5770

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

Korach 5770

GOOD MORNING! I asked a young lady - who was dating for purposes of finding a spouse...

Shlach 5770

GOOD MORNING! There is a very beautiful prayer we say every Yom Tov (holiday) before...

Be'halot'cha 5770

GOOD MORNING! What does a person want out of life? People want love, riches,...

Naso 5770

GOOD MORNING! Many years ago in Israel there lived a couple with a little girl....

Bamidbar 5770

GOOD MORNING! Have you ever wondered about the uniqueness of Jewish history? For...

Behar-Bechukotai 5770

GOOD MORNING! Tuesday evening, May 18th, begins the two day holiday of Shavuot (or...

Emor 5770

GOOD MORNING! My beloved friend and colleague, Rabbi Ephraim Shore, scripted a...

Acharei Mot-Kedoshim 5770

GOOD MORNING! What is the value of time? Many of us live our lives as if we will live...

Tazria-Metzora 5770

GOOD MORNING! This week I share with you three stories ... and one question. Several...

Shmini 5770

GOOD MORNING! Recently, I was asked if I would share again the Mighty Atom's 12 Rules...

Pesach 5770

GOOD MORNING! A sweet and healthy Pesach to you and your family! Pesach is the time...

Tzav 5770

GOOD MORNING! Here is one additional enhancement for the Pesach Seder experience -...

Vayikra 5770

GOOD MORNING! The Seders are Monday night, March 29th and Tuesday night, March...

Vayakhel-Pekudei 5770

GOOD MORNING! A father was at the beach with his children when his four-year-old son...

Ki Tisa 5770

GOOD MORNING! My good friend and colleague, Rabbi Steve Baars, is the director of the...

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