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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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Studying Tehillim: Chapter 119 (verses of Chet part 4)
The Dark Night Moves
Revealing rhyme and reason of King David’s strange nocturnal schedule. On the most literal of levels, the strings of a decorative harp adorning his royal state bed would melodically vibrate at midnight awaking the prayerful Monarch, who would rise to than...
Studying Tehillim: Chapter 119 (verses of Chet part 3)
Embattled, Yet Composed
Time and again, the Sweet Singer of Israel was surrounded by bands of bad brothers; who attacked, overwhelmed and even plundered him. Remarkably, King David somehow manages to muster mindfulness and maintain spiritual courage, composure and emotional equi...
Intermediate Talmud: Tractate Shabbat, Lesson 29
Fired-Up Learning About Holidays
The Talmud continues its analysis of the Mishna by seeking additional sources for the ban on kindling contraband during festive biblical days – despite the permitted use of fire for cooking purposes. The fascinating give and take about sacred fiery dispos...
Parsha Curiosities: Chayei Sarah
The Enigma of Eliezer
Abraham’s famous servant looms large in the Bible with many virtuous qualities attributed to him in our sacred tradition. Yet, his master seems unable to trust him without administering a sacred oath. Why would such an outstandingly righteous person be so...
Studying Tehillim: Chapter 119 (verses of Chet part 2)
Reflective Royalty Returns Results
King David royally reflects on Torah morality and ethical values, virtues and the path of righteousness we should elect to follow in the journey called life. Didactically sharing his own customary contemplation of choices at the crossroads, the Sweet Sing...
Parsha Curiosities: Vayeira
The Original Rocking Cradle
Isaac's baby bash attracts some pretty rude guests and crude comments. In trying to understand the irreverent behavior of an oversized world leader, a surprising narrative emerges in a remarkable true story of the Biblical origin of the proverbial rocking...
Intermediate Talmud: Tractate Shabbat, Lesson 28
“Fire Away and Filler Up”
A new Mishnah is introduced with a broad background about sacred soil and holy harvests. Defilement of such hallowed edibles, mandates mitzvah incineration. Differing opinions about varied fuels and flammable agents and their compatibility with Shabbat se...
Studying Tehillim: Chapter 119 (verses of Chet part 1)
“G-d is My Portion”: Royal Choices & Humble Entreaty
King David now elects to proudly publicize his portion of choice and personal value system—with an eye towards positively inspiring others. Then he humbly pleads for continued spiritual success as he yearns for closeness to Hashem. On a deeper level, iden...
Parsha Curiosities: Lech-Lecha
Behind Elijah’s Chair at a Circumcision
A fascinating exposé of the traditional chair universally designated for the Prophet Elijah at a Brit Milah ceremony. This lecture begins by fleshing out the spiritual character and impact engendered by sacred circumcision. We then proceed to peel away hi...
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 ...
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