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.


Vayigash 5776

GOOD MORNING! A friend was talking with a U.N. worker, who told him, "There will be no peace...

Mikeitz 5776

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

Vayeshev 5776

A Hanukkah primer.

Vayishlach 5776

GOOD MORNING! I once saw a bumper sticker: "Hug Your Kids at Home; Belt Them in the Car"...

Vayetzei 5776

GOOD MORNING! Recently a friend of mine asked me, "Do you really believe in God?" When I...

Toldot 5776

GOOD MORNING! When I was in Poland on an Aish HaTorah program I met Rabbi Michael Shudrich, the...

Chayei Sarah 5776

GOOD MORNING! This week Abraham seeks a wife for his son Isaac. If you are interested in finding a...

Vayera 5776

GOOD MORNING! Our Sages teach us that the actions of our forefathers Abraham (Avraham), Isaac...

Lech Lecha 5776

GOOD MORNING! One of my favorite pastimes is reading Rabbi Paysach Krohn's "Maggid...

Noah 5776

GOOD MORNING! This week's Torah portion is Noah -- the story of the world being destroyed by a...

Bereishit 5776

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

Sukkot 5776

GOOD MORNING! Sunday evening, September 27th, began Sukkot (or Sukkot in the Ashkenazi...

Ha'azinu 5776

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

Vayelech 5776

GOOD MORNING! One of my favorite stories is of the house painter who deeply regretted stealing...

Ki Tavo 5775

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

Ki Tetze 5775

Explore the Torah portion with Rabbi Packouz.

Shoftim 5775

GOOD MORNING! Recently, a good friend died. Per his long-standing and last wishes, his family...

Re'eh 5775

Questions for a meaningful life.

Ekev 5775

GOOD MORNING! Here's a name I want you to remember: T.K. Lawless. When I first heard the name it...

V'etchanan 5775

GOOD MORNING! The story is told of lunch time at a construction site. A new worker opens up his...

Devarim 5775

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

Matot-Masay 5775

GOOD MORNING! When I first started learning in yeshiva in 1973 at the age of 23 there were very...

Pinchas 5775

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

Balak 5775

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

Chukat 5775

GOOD MORNING! Last week we completed the first section (The Nature of the Belief in God) of...

Korach 5775

GOOD MORNING! What are the core beliefs of Judaism? Throughout the ages the greatest of our sages...

Shlach 5775

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

Beha'alosecha 5775

Giving warmth and care to senior citizens.

Naso 5775

GOOD MORNING! What would you be willing to do to keep your spouse -- or yourself -- from falling...

Bamidbar 5775

GOOD MORNING! Saturday evening, May 23rd, begins the two day holiday of Shavuot (or Shavuos in the...

Behar-Bechukotai 5775

GOOD MORNING! How does one figure out what he wants out of life, his purpose, what would truly...

Emor 5775

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

Tazria-Metzora 5775

GOOD MORNING! According to Google there are 4,200 religions in the world. Each one claims Divine...

Shemini 5775

GOOD MORNING! In a recent email I answered a "yes or no" question about Judaism -- and...

Pesach 5775

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

Tzav 5775

GOOD MORNING! Did you ever wonder what to give your wife? We live in such abundance that it is...

Vayikra 5775

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

Vayakhel-Pekudei 5775

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

Ki Tisa 5775

GOOD MORNING! Someone once said, "The problem with the rat race is that even if you win,...

Tetzaveh 5775

A short primer on Purim.

Trumah 5775

GOOD MORNING! Rabbi Eliezer Silver was a leader in Jewish Rescue during the Holocaust. After the...

Mishpatim 5775

GOOD MORNING! A Jewish soldier was dying on the beach during the invasion of Normandy. He calls to...

Yitro 5775

GOOD MORNING! Death is a very sad part of life. In our tradition, we sit Shiva ("shiva"...

Beshalach 5775

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

Bo 5775

GOOD MORNING! I was once conversing with a group of doctors when one of them asked me, "So,...

Va'eira 5775

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

Shmot 5775

GOOD MORNING! This week I would like to share with you a story. A few years ago a young man in...

Vayechi 5775

The basics of Jewish prayer.

Vayigash 5775

GOOD MORNING! Mark Twain wrote a fascinating article, "Concerning the Jews," in the...

Mikeitz 5775

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

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