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.


Bo 5772

GOOD MORNING! Would you like to try an experiment? Think of the following words and conjure an...

Va'eira 5772

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Shmot 5772

GOOD MORNING! Have you ever wanted to pour out your heart to the Almighty -- express your pain,...

Vayechi 5772

GOOD MORNING! Are you a success in life? An Aish teacher (a real estate lawyer by day) was stuck...

Vayigash 5772

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

Mikeitz 5772

GOOD MORNING! What do you think the chances are of getting back a bag you left in the back seat of...

Vayeshev 5772

GOOD MORNING! Hanukah is coming soon -- the first night is Tuesday, December 20th. It's a...

Vayishlach 5772

GOOD MORNING! How do you know if you are a good person and if your actions are moral? Last week I...

Vayetzei 5772

GOOD MORNING! How do you know if you're a good person? Virtually, everyone thinks that what they...

Toldot 5772

GOOD MORNING! Rabbi Eliezer Silver, a leader in rescue efforts during the Holocaust, visited...

Chayei Sarah 5772

GOOD MORNING! Rabbi Michael Shudrich, the Chief Rabbi of Poland, told me the following story: Two...

Vayeira 5772

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Lech Lecha 5772

GOOD MORNING! Did you ever hear the old joke, "Do you know the difference between a Jewish...

Noach 5772

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Sukkot 5772

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Bereishit 5772

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Yom Kippur 5772

GOOD MORNING! Yom Kippur begins Friday evening, October 7th. The story is told of a house painter...

Ha'azinu 5772

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Nitzavim-Vayelech 5771

GOOD MORNING! Did you ever have a heartfelt belief, something that you were sure in your bones was...

Ki Tavo 5771

GOOD MORNING! What is the value of integrity? When I first moved to Miami 20 years ago I needed a...

KiTetzei 5771

GOOD MORNING! Did you ever try to do a good deed, get frustrated in your efforts and think to say,...

Shoftim 5771

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

Re'eh 5771

GOOD MORNING! Shortly, it will be Rosh Chodesh Elul (August 30th and 31st), the beginning of the...

Ekev 5771

GOOD MORNING! Next year is the 75th anniversary of the destruction of the Zeppelin airship...

V'etchanan 5771

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

Devarim 5771

GOOD MORNING! What is the saddest day of a person's life? Most likely it is the death of one of...

Masay 5771

GOOD MORNING! We intuitively believe in free will. That is why we hold others responsible for...

Matot 5771

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Pinchas 5771

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

Balak 5771

GOOD MORNING! Two 18 year olds met with a rabbi regarding their upcoming marriage. The rabbi...

Chukat 5771

GOOD MORNING! In this day and age, most Jews do not keep Kosher. Why not? Is it because we are...

Korach 5771

GOOD MORNING! Each week about 50,000 Shabbat Shaloms go out by fax and 50,000 by email. I once...

Shlach 5771

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

Be'halot'cha 5771

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

Naso 5771

GOOD MORNING! Tuesday evening, June 7th, begins the two day holiday of Shavuot (or Shavuos in the...

Bamidbar 5771

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Bechukotai 5771

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

Behar 5771

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

Emor 5771

GOOD MORNING! Did you ever get into an argument with someone - and then wondered in retrospect how...

Kedoshim 5771

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

Pesach 5771

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

Acharei Mot 5771

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

Metzora 5771

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Tazria 5771

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Shmini 5771

GOOD MORNING! A few years ago I received a very interesting email from Micha Males. He asked for...

Tzav 5771

GOOD MORNING! Did God actually speak to the Jewish people at Mt. Sinai - or was it the biggest...

Vayikra 5771

GOOD MORNING! Purim is coming up next week - Saturday night, March 19th, through all day Sunday...

Pekudei 5771

GOOD MORNING! While studying at the University of Washington in Seattle, I took a political...

Vayakhel 5771

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

Ki Tisa 5771

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

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