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Rabbi Mendel Kaplan

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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 the giving of the Torah
Scheduling History
Citing historical anecdotal evidence as it's documented in authentic Torah sources would seem to conclusively prove the date of Matan Torah. However, in the end it seems that certain documentation ultimately reflects a particular school of thought. This c...
The Talmud on the giving of the Torah
Dating Our Anniversary
The Talmud continues its quest for the exact date of Matan Torah by carefully analysing scriptural framing of historical events. This class provides profound insight into the workings of the Jewish calendar, which ultimately render the drawing of a precis...
The Talmud on the Pesach Seder, Lesson 6
“Passover Wine: 4x4”
This class provides a comprehensive overview of the notion of Halachic sizes and measures comprising the specific parameters of the fulfillment of many Mitzvahs. This discussion serves as an intro to understanding the Talmud’s analysis of the required vol...
The Plague of the Firstborn (‘Makot Bechorot’)
The Tenth Plague Unplugged
This class introduces profound nuances of biblical nouns and verbs describing the final plague of firstborn. Careful analysis of Torah terminology serves to clarify the contradictory nature of this exceptional event that directly triggered the Exodus. See...
The Talmud on the Pesach Seder, Lesson 5
Inspiring Holiday Joy
Introducing a sacred mandate to gladden the hearts of one's household, the Talmud muses and discusses diversely appropriate happiness inducing mediums. Possibilities range from “wine and beef,” to “clothing and candy.” Interesting and inspirational, this ...
The Plague of Locust (‘Arbeh’)
Locust Invasion
A profound and penetrating exploration of the terrifying hordes of grasshoppers that swarmed ancient Egypt, stripping it bare of all greenery; fully destroying its agriculturally based economy. See why the Torah states that this will be the plague that we...
The Talmud on the Pesach Seder, Lesson 4
Drinking Wine & Staying Alert
This class begins with continued examination of Halachik details regarding the “Four Cups;” with particular focus on volume, taste, and color of the Seder wine. This segues into a related, yet different discussion about the importance of keeping the child...
Parshah Curiosities: Ki-Tisa
Why Was Moses Masked?
Parshah Curiosities: Tetzaveh
Why the Choshen Went Full Bling
Parshat Tetzaveh contains Divine instructions about fashioning sacred priestly vestments. The most extraordinary and exquisite of them all: the High Priest’s magical Breastplate. Stunningly adorned with 12 precious gemstones set in purest gold; representi...
The Megillah in Depth, Chapter 5, Part 2
Royal Turnabout is “Fair Pray”
The terrifying faceoff climaxes as Esther prayerfully cries out to G-d from the bottom of her heart; seeing her life flash before her eyes. Achashverosh is visibly infuriated; the executioners move in for the kill… Suddenly, a shockingly dramatic reversal...
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