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.


Vayetzei 5777

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

Toldot 5777

GOOD MORNING! The Torah commands us, "Bind [these commandments] as a sign on your arm, and as...

Chayei Sarah 5777

GOOD MORNING! With the American holiday of Thanksgiving coming up this week, I thought to share...

Vayeira 5777

GOOD MORNING! Have you ever fantasized on being a hero by saving someone's life? Ever imagined...

Lech Lecha 5777

GOOD MORNING! It was an awesome lightning storm in South Florida -- God's fireworks! For some...

Noach 5777

GOOD MORNING! This week's Torah portion is about Noah who built a life raft for humanity and the...

Bereishit 5777

GOOD MORNING! Is this life all there is -- or is there something beyond our earthly existence?...

Sukkot 5777

GOOD MORNING! Sunday evening, October 16th, begins Sukkot (or Sukkos in the Ashkenazi...

Ha'azinu 5777

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

Vayelech 5777

A primer for Yom Kippur.

Nitzavim 5776

GOOD MORNING! Rosh Hashana begins Sunday evening, October 2nd! Many Jews all over the world are...

Ki Tavo 5776

GOOD MORNING! Do you know the two benefits for speaking to yourself? First, you get to speak to an...

Ki Tetzei 5776

GOOD MORNING! With Rosh HaShanah soon coming upon us, last week we began how to get your prayers...

Shoftim 5776

GOOD MORNING! Rosh Hashana, is coming upon us in about a month (Oct. 2). With so many hours spent...

Re'eh 5776

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

Ekev 5776

GOOD MORNING! There is a commandment in the Torah to give reproof. Maimonides, one of the great...

V'etchanan 5776

GOOD MORNING! Two weeks ago I shared the story of taking my son into a room to be spanked,...

Devarim 5776

GOOD MORNING! What is the saddest day of your life? For most of us, it is the day when someone...

Matot-Masay 5776

GOOD MORNING! When do you spank your child? When I grew up it was, "Wait until your father...

Pinchas 5776

GOOD MORNING! Once I was speaking to my son about the importance of judging people favorably. I...

Balak 5776

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

Chukat 5776

GOOD MORNING! In honor of my parents' -- Ray and Dorothy Packouz -- 70th Wedding Anniversary! How...

Korach 5776

GOOD MORNING! Many years ago while I was working in the Old City of Jerusalem, a tourist asked me...

Shlach 5776

GOOD MORNING! When I was 5 years old my father let me accompany him to Mr. Allan's Rexall Drug...

Be'halot'cha 5776

GOOD MORNING! What does a person need to live? Air, water, food, a sense of purpose -- and...

Naso 5776

GOOD MORNING! Many years ago in Israel lived a couple with a little girl. Because the mother was...

Bamidbar 5776

GOOD MORNING! Saturday evening, June 11th, begins the two day holiday of Shavuot (or Shavuos in...

Bechukotai 5776

GOOD MORNING! Where is God? Did you ever have the thought -- or meet someone who said --...

Behar 5776

GOOD MORNING! When is life so miserable, so painful, so meaningless that you pull the plug and let...

Emor 5776

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

Kedoshim 5776

12 rules for raising delinquent children

Acharei Mot 5776

GOOD MORNING! When I was 12 years old I returned from summer camp to find that my collection of...

Pesach - 7th & 8th Day 5776

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

Passover 5776

GOOD MORNING! Have you seen the one-minute movie "Google Exodus -- What if Moses had Facebook...

Metzora 5776

GOOD MORNING! Have you ever read about people seeking to have their dog covered under their...

Tazria 5776

GOOD MORNING! My grandmother was a worrier. When everything was good, she worried about what she...

Shmini 5776

GOOD MORNING! Many Jewish holidays have been humorously described as: "They wanted to kill us...

Vayikra 5776

GOOD MORNING! Purim is coming up next week -- Wednesday night, March 23rd, through all day...

Pekudei 5776

GOOD MORNING! It has been said that "Education is what you have left after you forget...

Vayakhel 5776

GOOD MORNING! In honor of the occasion of the 70th birthday of my friend, noted author, life coach...

Ki Tisa 5776

GOOD MORNING! A friend of mine went for his annual physical at age 50. Being of thin build,...

Tetzaveh 5776

GOOD MORNING! A young man visited his guru before leaving the ashram in India for America. "O...

Trumah 5776

GOOD MORNING! What can you do to ensure that you have a portion in the World to Come? A wagon...

Mishpatim 5776

GOOD MORNING! I remember my grandfather, of blessed memory, joking about how he reached 50 years...

Yitro 5776

GOOD MORNING! I was talking with my friend, Lenny, and started to tell a story of Divine...

Beshalach 5776

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

Bo 5776

GOOD MORNING! The Jewish people, the Almighty, the Torah and Eretz Yisroel (The Land of Israel)....

Va'eira 5776

GOOD MORNING! Life is often challenging, hard, difficult. We face obstacles and rejection. What do...

Shmot 5776

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

Vayechi 5776

GOOD MORNING! I have always loved the phrase "Death with Dignity." It conjures for me an...

Receive the Aish.com Weekly Email

Sign up to our Aish Weekly Update Newsletter.

Our privacy policy