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.


Pekudei 5769

GOOD MORNING! The Seders are Wednesday night, April 8th and Thursday night, April 9th. About...

Ki Tisa 5769

GOOD MORNING! I once had the pleasure of attending a wedding in Jerusalem. It is the custom in...

Tetzaveh 5769

GOOD MORNING! Purim is coming up next week! Purim is the holiday that reminds us that God runs the...

Trumah 5769

GOOD MORNING! I once asked Reb Noah (Rabbi Noah Weinberg, founder of Aish HaTorah) for his...

Mishpatim 5769

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

Yitro 5769

GOOD MORNING! With heartfelt sorrow I inform you of the passing of Rabbi Noah Weinberg, founder...

Beshalach 5769

GOOD MORNING! The story is told of a Jewish man who applied for a job as a radio announcer and was...

Bo 5769

GOOD MORNING! The story is told of a class of students who were requested to write their list for...

Va'eira 5769

GOOD MORNING! George Burns once lamented that it's "too bad all the people who know how to run the...

Chayei Sarah 5759

GOOD MORNING! Standing in the checkout line at the supermarket one is surrounded by the tabloids...

Shmot 5769

GOOD MORNING! I don't believe I have ever heard anyone say, "Gee, raising kids sure is easy!" It...

Vayechi 5769

GOOD MORNING! There are so many things happening in the world these days. It's almost enough to...

Vayigash 5769

GOOD MORNING! The story is told of a rabbi in a small village in Poland before World War II. One...

Mikeitz 5769

GOOD MORNING! Happy Hanukah! I thought you might enjoy a perspective article written by my friend...

Vayeshev 5769

GOOD MORNING! Hanukah is coming soon - the first night is Sunday, December 21st. It's a wonderful...

Reb Noah's Favorite Joke

Imagine what we could accomplish if we actually used our potential.

Vayishlach 5769

GOOD MORNING! This might be the "slickest" segue you'll ever see: In this week's Torah Portion,...

Vayetzei 5769

GOOD MORNING! Last week I wrote about Trust in God. It occurred to me that for one to trust in God...

Toldot 5769

GOOD MORNING! I just returned from a trip to Hong Kong and Singapore. Each person shared the...

Chayei Sarah 5769

GOOD MORNING! With what's going on in the world with the stock market, the banks, the defaulting...

Vayeira 5769

GOOD MORNING! Last week I wrote about the existence of the soul and the nature of the World to...

Lech Lecha 5769

GOOD MORNING! People often ask me, "Does Judaism believe in an afterlife?" I grew up with a...

Noach 5769

GOOD MORNING! One time I returned from a meeting to find a Meter Maid (does anyone still use that...

Bereishit 5769

GOOD MORNING! It makes sense that if there is a God Who created the world and created us for a...

Sukkot 5769

GOOD MORNING! This coming Shabbat we read a special Torah portion for Shabbat during Chol HaMoed...

Ha'azinu 5769

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

Vayelech 5768

GOOD MORNING! Yom Kippur begins Wednesday evening, October 8th (Yizkor is on Thursday, the 9th)....

Nitzavim 5768

GOOD MORNING! Rosh Hashana begins Monday evening, September 29th! Many Jews all over the world are...

Ki Tavo 5768

GOOD MORNING! Did you ever want to accomplish something and just couldn't gather the willpower to...

Why Kosher?

Keeping kosher offers a variety of spiritual and practical benefits.

Ki Tetzei 5768

GOOD MORNING! No one is perfect. Luckily, I have lots of readers ready and willing to help me see...

Shoftim 5768

GOOD MORNING! If you were given a choice of whether you would like to be happy, would like to be...

Tribute to Simon Wiesenthal

What is behind the man who brought 1,100 war criminals to justice?

Re'eh 5768

GOOD MORNING! When most people hear the word "Kiddush" they think of the food reception following...

Ekev 5768

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V'etchanan 5768

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Devarim 5768

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Masay 5768

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Matot 5768

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Pinchas 5768

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Balak 5768

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Chukat 5768

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Korach 5768

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Shlach 5768

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Be'halot'cha 5768

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Naso 5768

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Bamidbar 5768

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Bechukotai 5768

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