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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
Yes, We Will!
Prior to mass revelation at Sinai, our ancestors were asked if they were ready to become the recipients of the Torah. Unanimously, we responded with the [now] famous declaration “Na’aseh v’Nishma; first “we’ll do” (obey), and then “we’ll listen” (learn).”...
Megillat Rut in Depth: Chapter 2, Lesson 8
Ruth’s Field Report
Ruth’s safe return relieves Naomi, yet she anxiously inquires about her daughter-in-law's surprising success; who in turn excitedly reports on the day’s amazing harvest happenings. This careful study of their conversation and accompanying innuendo reveals...
The Talmud on the giving of the Torah
Sweep of Sinai: Commitment or Coercion?
The straightforward Torah narrative indicates collective willingness and joyous commitment by our ancestors; however Midrashic tradition seems to tell a very different story, which includes coercion by dint of extraordinary pressure and extreme consequenc...
Megillat Rut in Depth: Chapter 2, Lesson 7
Ruth Returns
Spending the balance of the day diligently collecting gleanings in the harvesting fields, Ruth finds extraordinary success. As the shadows grow longer she happily prepares to head back home to Naomi. These verses contain no verbal exchanges, but our heroi...
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...
Megillat Rut in Depth: Chapter 2, Lesson 6
Ruth’s Return to Royalty
On the heels of an unexpectedly warm welcome and generous lunch invitation, the “pauper princess” modestly rises to resume gathering gleanings. Her alacrity and buoyed spirits is understood to speak volumes. Seeking the restoration of Ruth’s royal self-es...
The Haggadah in Depth, Part 17
Penetrating the Plagues
Featuring an in-depth review and multi-levelled clarification of the Sages seemingly disparate subdivision of the proverbial 10 Plagues in Egypt; and the full impact of the crushing Makot that struck our abusive Egyptian slave-masters. This incisive lectu...
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...
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