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.


Vayeshev 5775

GOOD MORNING! Hanukah is coming soon, Tuesday night, December 16th. It's a wonderful family...

Vayishlach 5775

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

Vayetzei 5775

GOOD MORNING! My heart aches from last week's terror attack in Israel. I share with you a response...

Toldot 5775

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

Chayei Sarah 5775

20 ways to connect to God.

Vayeira 5775

GOOD MORNING! In this week's Torah portion we have the marriage of Abraham and Sarah, one of the...

Lech Lecha 5775

GOOD MORNING! Not all people are intrinsically kind, but we can all work on being kinder -- with...

Noach 5775

GOOD MORNING! If you had one prayer that you wanted the Almighty to fulfill, what would it be?...

Bereishit 5775

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

Sukkot Chol Hamoed 5775

GOOD MORNING! Wednesday evening, October 8th, begins Sukkot (or Sukkos in the Ashkenazi...

Yom Kippur 5775

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

Ha'azinu 5775

GOOD MORNING! Yom Kippur begins Friday evening, October 3rd. The story is told of a house painter...

Nitzavim-Vayelech 5774

GOOD MORNING! Rosh Hashana begins Wednesday evening, September 24th! Many Jews all over the world...

Ki Tavo 5774

GOOD MORNING! A few weeks ago many parts of the USA suffered torrential rain and flooding. One...

Ki Tetzei 5774

Enjoy Rabbi Kalman Packouz’s inspiring and insightful weekly column.

Shoftim 5774

GOOD MORNING! When I was in the Israeli army (I lived in Israel for 15 years before coming to...

Re'eh 5774

GOOD MORNING! Rosh Chodesh Elul, the beginning of the Hebrew month of Elul will be August 26th and...

Ekev 5774

GOOD MORNING! A few years ago I was flying back to Miami from NY. I introduced myself to the woman...

V'etchanan 5774

GOOD MORNING! What is the strength of the Jewish people? It is our unity. Our love for one another...

Devarim 5774

GOOD MORNING! And the war continues in order to protect the people of Israel -- including Arabs --...

Masay 5774

GOOD MORNING! We who care about Israel are worried and wish that there is something that we can do...

Matot 5774

GOOD MORNING! With what is going on in Israel, I feel that it is important to share with you the...

Pinchas 5774

GOOD MORNING! Our hearts go out to the parents, friends -- and to each other -- over the murder of...

Balak 5774

GOOD MORNING! What do you owe your parents? What are your responsibilities to them? Does it depend...

Chukat 5774

GOOD MORNING! Last week I shared with you the "Letter to His Son" -- the Ethical Will of...

Korach 5774

GOOD MORNING! What values and beliefs do you hold dear in life? What lessons would you want to...

Shlach 5774

GOOD MORNING! My son came running into my home office late one night. "Come quickly! There is...

Be'halot'cha 5774

GOOD MORNING! Is it possible that the 3,000 year old Torah claim that the whole Jewish people...

Naso 5774

GOOD MORNING! Tuesday evening, June 3rd, begins the two day holiday of Shavuot (or Shavuos in the...

Bamidbar 5774

GOOD MORNING! Two weeks ago I shared with you insights and wisdom on "Why do bad things...

Bechukotai 5774

GOOD MORNING! Would you like a formula for success in life? Here are: Three Rules For...

Behar 5774

GOOD MORNING! At one time or another almost all of us ask the age old question, "Why do bad...

Emor 5774

GOOD MORNING! Many people make the mistake of saying they are "not religious" when what...

Kedoshim 5774

GOOD MORNING! Every person in this world is seeking pleasure. It is what motivates us. The problem...

Pesach 5774

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

Acharei Mot 5774

GOOD MORNING! Recently, I suggested using props at the Seder -- such as frogs to throw during...

Metzora 5774

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

Tazria 5774

GOOD MORNING! Once, I was speaking with a friend who tended to punctuate his speech with earthy,...

Shmini 5774

GOOD MORNING! Pesach is coming! Monday night, April 14th is the first Seder. What kind of Seder...

Tzav 5774

GOOD MORNING! Did you ever wonder what really distinguishes a human being from an animal? Every...

Vayikra 5774

GOOD MORNING! Purim is coming up next week – Saturday night, March 15th, through all day...

Pekudei 5774

GOOD MORNING! What is our responsibility for righting the wrongs of this world? Here is the second...

Vayakhel 5774

GOOD MORNING! The world faces many challenges. What are we to do? My teacher, Rabbi Noah Weinberg,...

Ki Tisa 5774

GOOD MORNING! What do clothes say about you? What image are you trying to project? Armies have...

Tetzaveh 5774

GOOD MORNING! How important is it to you that your children follow in your footsteps as Jews and...

Trumah 5774

GOOD MORNING! Do you ever wonder about how you are raising your kids -- the example you set for...

Mishpatim 5774

GOOD MORNING! One time while I lived in Jerusalem, I parked my car in front of Uri's Pizza to pick...

Yitro 5774

GOOD MORNING! What would you do if you were flying in the face of death -- wherever you go and...

Beshalach 5774

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

Bo 5774

GOOD MORNING! We live in a time when stress and anxiety are the norm. Frustrations, worries,...

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