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.


Vayishlach 5778

GOOD MORNING! What is success in life? Many equate success in life with financial success. However...

Vayetzei 5778

GOOD MORNING! Did you ever wonder, "Where is the spirituality in Judaism?" We want to...

Toldot 5778

GOOD MORNING! When I lived in Israel I once parked my car in the Ramat Eshkol shopping center...

Chayei Sarah 5778

GOOD MORNING! Life is full of stress -- paying bills, the job, one's spouse and kids ... and it...

Vayeira 5778

GOOD MORNING! Would you murder one person to save a million lives? What if that person were a 99...

Lech Lecha 5778

GOOD MORNING! Two men from a small town in Alabama in America's deep south came to New York city...

Noach 5778

GOOD MORNING! In this week's Torah portion, Noah plants a grapevine shortly after leaving the ark....

Bereishit 5778

GOOD MORNING! Many people think that the stories in the Book of Genesis are children's stories or...

Sukkos 5778

GOOD MORNING! Wednesday evening, October 4th, begins Sukkot (or Sukkos in the Ashkenazi...

Yom Kippur 5778

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

Ha'azinu 5778

Yom Kippur Crash Course.

Nitzavim-Vayelech

What’s the essence of Rosh Hashanah?

Ki Tavo 5777

Primer on prayer.

Ki Tetzei 5777

GOOD MORNING! Last week I wrote a meaningful piece on making the world a better place by treating...

Re'eh 5777

10 Things you can Do to Prepare for Rosh Hashanah

Ekev 5777

Lessons our parents taught us.

V'etchanan 5777

GOOD MORNING! I have a tendency to respond with repartee when I am experiencing the stress of...

Devarim 5777

A Tisha B’Av primer.

Matot-Masay 5777

GOOD MORNING! The story is told of a man who came to his rabbi with a request. "Make me a...

Pinchas 5777

GOOD MORNING! I was brought up in Reform Judaism in Portland, Oregon. Though I saw very few...

Balak 5777

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

Chukat 5777

GOOD MORNING! Last week's story about testing the Almighty reminded me of the time I met with one...

Korach 5777

GOOD MORNING! I received a fascinating and bewildering response from a Shabbat Shalom supporter...

Shlach 5777

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

Be'halot'cha 5777

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

Naso 5777

GOOD MORNING! The story is told of a group of students working diligently on the trait of humility...

Bamidbar 5777

GOOD MORNING! Tuesday evemening, May 30th, begins the two day holiday of Shavuot (or Shavuos in...

Behar-Bechukotai 5777

GOOD MORNING! Who is the wise person? Our sage, Ben Zoma, tells us, "He who learns from all...

Emor 5777

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

Acharei Mot-Kedoshim 5777

GOOD MORNING! What is courage? The year is 1929. It's Friday, August 23rd. The Grand Mufti is...

Tazria-Metzora 5777

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

Shmini - 5777

GOOD MORNING! The story is told of a man who asked Rabbi Yisroel Salanter a question. "Rebbie...

Pesach 5777

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

Tzav 5777

GOOD MORNING! What if there was a total eclipse of the moon Monday at 3 a.m., but Wednesday at 10...

Vayikra 5777

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

Vayakhel-Pekudei 5777

GOOD MORNING! With so many anti-Semitic bomb threats, swastikas painted on buildings and keyed...

Ki Tisa 5777

GOOD MORNING! Our Sages instruct us to start preparing for a holiday 30 days in advance of the...

Tetzaveh 5777

GOOD MORNING! Were you ever interested in Kabbalah, mysticism? If there is a God, people would...

Trumah 5777

GOOD MORNING! Purim is coming up next week -- Saturday night, March 11th, through all day Sunday....

Mishpatim 5777

GOOD MORNING! Ever wonder why you do not maintain a sense of happiness after finally obtaining a...

Yitro 5777

GOOD MORNING! My friend, Sunny Goldstein, of blessed memory, told me the story of a young man he...

Beshalach 5777

GOOD MORNING! Did you know that trees not only have anniversaries, they have their own New Year?...

Bo 5777

GOOD MORNING! One of the 6 Constant Mitzvot -- commandments that are incumbent upon us at all...

Va'eira 5777

GOOD MORNING! When my eldest son, Avraham, was 6 years old his friend desperately wanted him to...

Shmot 5777

GOOD MORNING! An atheist was visiting Scotland. While boating on the famed Loch Ness he sees a...

Vayechi 5777

GOOD MORNING! Recently a young lady lamented to me that she wished she could find a man of quality...

Vayigash 5777

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

Mikeitz 5777

GOOD MORNING! Rabbi Abraham Twerski points out in his Twerski on Chumash it is no coincidence that...

Vayeshev 5777

GOOD MORNING! Hanukah is coming soon, Saturday night, December 24th. It's a wonderful family...

Vayishlach 5777

GOOD MORNING! The Shabbat Shalom is available both by email and by fax. One day I received a...

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