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Rabbi Mendel Kaplan is the founder and spiritual leader of Chabad @ Flamingo in Thornhill, Ontario, he also serves as a Chaplain of the York Regional Police Service.

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The Talmud on a sukkah’s temporary constitution
Home Alone Again: Residences Redefined
The Talmud's previous analysis established distinctions between biblically ordained Halachic homes and a Sukkah. Now we must define when its character is man-made in nature, and biblical grammar is no longer in play. Our Sages delve deeply to clarify the ...
The Talmud on a sukkah’s temporary constitution
Home Alone Hypotheses
After drawing a broad distinction between the multiple paradigms of permanent Halachic homes and the intrinsically transient Sukkah, the Talmud's narrative returns to the varied differentiations, found within the seemingly homogeneous list of legal reside...
The Talmud on a sukkah’s size
Temporary Home Alone
As the discussion regarding Sukkah size continues to evolve, the Talmud embarks on a broad overview of nearly a dozen mitzvah dimensions whose common denominator is the inclusion of a home as a key component. This wide-ranging legal litany ultimately serv...
The Talmud on a sukkah’s minimum size
Sukkah Size Matters
The Talmud continues its analytical discussion about divergent opinions regarding the required dimensions of the sukkah. As the careful analysis focuses on the specific syntax the Sages of the Mishnah employed; competing and even contradictory messages be...
The Talmud on a sukkah’s minimum size
Head, Shoulders and Table
In this class we discuss disputed dimensions required for our temporary holiday hut-like enclosure. The supposition is made that the argument wasn’t ever about the Sukkah size, but rather a unique situational setting. As the finer points are analyzed, a n...
What Will the Future Redemption Be Like?
“Moshiach HOW?”
This fascinating and informative lecture provides an exhaustive overview of how things will go when the great Shofar of Moshiach finally sounds. We proceed on our journey in travelling the carefully paved pathways of Maimonides. Lucid as it might appear, ...
Profound analysis of the redeemer’s name and persona
“Moshiach WHO?”
Delving into the scriptural origin and deeper meaning of the official name of our long awaited Jewish savior, “Moshiach”, serves to set into motion a surprising journey of redemptive discovery. Based on a wide range of source material, by better understan...
Why we faithfully await and anticipate his coming
“Moshiach NOW?”
Drawing on an array of classical sources, this class sets out to clearly define the essence of the Torah mandated faith in global redemption to be brought about by an anointed Jewish King. Clarifying exactly what we are supposed to believe in and why this...
A Comprehensive Overview of the Concept, the Person and the Era
The Moshiach Series
The Talmud on the World to Come, Lesson 6
The Final Resurrection Exchange
In this class we complete the Talmud's documented exchanges between wayward, faithless Jews and our Sages. The first metaphor begins with a real-life King and his royal building projects and ends by invoking the existence of a squirrel-like rodent who lit...
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