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 5770

GOOD MORNING! Purim is coming up this week! Purim is the holiday that reminds us that...

Trumah 5770

GOOD MORNING! What would you say to stop someone from committing suicide? What would...

Mishpatim 5770

GOOD MORNING! Last week's edition regarding the value of a life and my effort to...

Yitro 5770

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Beshalach 5770

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

Bo 5770

GOOD MORNING! Our hearts go out to the people of Haiti. If you wish to help, there...

Va'eira 5770

GOOD MORNING! If you had the chance, would you like to talk with God? Maybe ask God a...

Shmot 5770

GOOD MORNING! This week we start the book of Shemos, Exodus, which focuses on a Jew...

Vayechi 5770

GOOD MORNING! The other day I was speaking with a friend who tended to punctuate his...

Vayigash 5770

GOOD MORNING! Have you ever wondered why a Jew answers a question with a question? If...

Mikeitz 5765

If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! The...

Mikeitz 5770

GOOD MORNING! Many of us labor under the common misconception that happiness is a...

Vayeshev 5770

GOOD MORNING! A friend of mine told me that as he grows older he experiences a...

Vayishlach 5770

-> GOOD MORNING! Hanukah is coming soon - the first night is Friday, December 11th...

Vayetzei 5770

-> GOOD MORNING! Someone once said, "The problem with the rat race is that...

Toldot 5770

GOOD MORNING! How do you find the right person to marry? Traditionally, the Jewish...

Chayei Sarah 5770

GOOD MORNING! This week I wish to share with you some thoughts about Spirituality....

Vayeira 5770

GOOD MORNING! A pundit once said, "Marriage is grand.... Divorce is a hundred...

Lech Lecha 5770

-> GOOD MORNING! Last week I wrote about the value of an act of kindness and how...

Noach 5770

GOOD MORNING! What is the value of an act of kindness? Several years ago my friend...

Bereishit 5770

GOOD MORNING! A person poured out his heart to me, "I would like to believe in God, but it is...

Sukkot 5770

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

Ha'azinu 5770

GOOD MORNING! Yom Kippur begins Sunday evening, September 27th (Yizkor is on Monday, the 28th)....

Rosh Hashanah 5770

GOOD MORNING! Rosh Hashana begins Friday evening, September 18th! Many Jews all over the world are...

Nitzavim-Vayelech 5769

GOOD MORNING! There are still 2 weeks to Rosh Hashanah. Here are some helpful ideas: 10 THINGS...

Ki Tavo 5769

GOOD MORNING! The story is told of two prisoners condemned to death being held for 6 months in the...

Ki Tetzei 5769

GOOD MORNING! Rabbi Noah Weinberg was a man who lived with a constant God-consciousness. He always...

Shoftim 5769

GOOD MORNING! Recently I received a beautiful PowerPoint presentation "The Price of...

Re'eh 5769

GOOD MORNING! The Talmud (Arakin 15b) tells us that Loshon Hora (literally: "evil...

Ekev 5769

GOOD MORNING! With the headlines in the newspapers shouting the latest scandals, there are several...

V'etchanan 5769

GOOD MORNING! One of the major questions in life is, "Do we control our emotions or do our...

Devarim 5769

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

Matos - Masei 5769

GOOD MORNING! Can one Can one test the Almighty? Part of what I do in life is fundraising. One...

Pinchas 5769

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

Chukat-Balak 5769

GOOD MORNING! What is the value of keeping your word? What is the value of keeping Shabbos...

Vayishlach 5767

If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! Hanukah...

Korach 5769

GOOD MORNING! Last week I shared with you the Secret of Life according to my friend, Rabbi...

Shlach 5769

GOOD MORNING! I once offered a young man the opportunity to meet my good friend and renowned...

Be'halot'cha 5769

GOOD MORNING! One cannot love what one does not know. If one wants to appreciate and love being...

Naso 5769

GOOD MORNING! If you are Jewish, firstborn, male, whose parents are neither Cohanim or Levites and...

Shavuot 5769

GOOD MORNING! This week I would like to share with you a poignant story about one of the people I...

Bamidbar 5769

GOOD MORNING! Thursday evening, May 28th, begins the two day holiday of Shavu'ot (or Shavu'os in...

Bechukotai 5769

GOOD MORNING! In about two weeks is Shavuous, the holiday celebrating the giving of the Torah on...

Emor 5769

GOOD MORNING! Mother's Day is coming up Sunday, May 10th on the American Holiday Schedule. (In the...

Kedoshim 5769

GOOD MORNING! With tremendous gratitude to the Almighty and congratulations to my daughter Chana...

Metzora 5769

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

Shmini 5769

GOOD MORNING! My father always says that "Free advice is worth what you pay for it." Here is an...

Passover (first day) 5769

GOOD MORNING! A sweet and healthy Pesach to each of you, my beloved readers! Q & A: WHY THE...

Tzav 5769

GOOD MORNING! There are 613 Commandments in the Torah (not just the 10 Commandments given at Mt....

Vayikra 5769

GOOD MORNING! The Seders are Wednesday night, April 8th and Thursday night, April 9th. Q & A:...

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