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Rabbi Mendel Kaplan is the Spiritual Leader and Executive Director of Chabad Flamingo in Thornhill, Ontario, serving one of Canada’s most dynamic Jewish communities. He also serves as Chaplain of the York Regional Police Service. He is an active member of Toronto’s Vaad HaRabbanim (Council of Orthodox Rabbis), and a voting member of the COR Kashruth Council of Canada’s executive rabbinical board. Rabbi Kaplan is featured regularly on many local television and radio shows. He is a sought after speaker, with hundreds of lectures on Chabad.org. He and his wife, Faygie, are blessed with eight children. Artistically endowed, the rabbi enjoys drawing, sketching and creating charcoal portraits.

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Having identified the circumstance that obligate us to acknowledge G-d’s deliverance and kindness, we now focus on just how we are supposed to express those sentiments of gratefulness and appreciation to the Creator of universe. (Talmud tractate Berachot ...
After identifying circumstantial obligations to acknowledge G-d’s deliverance and kindness, we now move from historical episodes into extraordinary experiences. From the high seas to desert wilderness from life-threatening illness to incarceration. (Talmu...
In practically narrating our sacred duty to acknowledge G-d’s miraculous deliverances, we continue to review historical episodes of extraordinary proportions. From war-room stone summits to sea-salt statues and great walls collapsing; these fascinating st...
In exemplifying the lofty calling to acknowledge G-d’s miraculous deliverances, the Talmud enumerated episodes of divinely orchestrated national deliverances. These supernatural occurrences that require blessings, are now individually analyzed to achieve ...
On our sacred duty to acknowledge G-d’s miracles and supernatural deliverances—from walking through deep oceans to roaring rivers and to a break in a brick wall. National wonders require blessings from all, yet individual salvations make for personal obli...
Learning appreciation by nurturing reverence! Attitudes and beliefs on irreverent approaches and sacrilegious shortcuts; on everlasting blessings and afterlife denial; on the customs and conventions of traditional Jewish greetings and the occasional need ...
Learning appreciation and nurturing an attitude of gratitude: how we must bless G-d for the good, bad and ugly to acknowledge g-d’s goodness and judgment with equanimity. Also touching upon crying over spilt milk, and the urbane dangers of big city life. ...
Initiating the final chapter of tractate Berachot, which introduces us to the category of blessings of Thanksgiving for G-d’s beneficence and kindness. Discover how giving thanks is really a declaration of a faith-based perspective on life and it’s fullne...
Blessings of Thanksgiving
In this intermediate level class you’ll learn to understand the unique give-and-take style of Talmudic argument. Text for this class is Chapter Nine of Tractate Brachot (folio 54a), which discusses blessings of thanksgiving for G-d’s beneficence and kindn...
The Talmud on the Sukkah’s minimum height
Exploring the Sukkah’s height via the Holy Land’s measures of olive, date and pomegranate. Seeing how the seven species of Eretz Yisrael size-up for sanctity. (Talmud tractate Sukkah 6a)
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