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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 are 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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The Rebbe Kindles the Flame of Each Individual
Short reflections on the Rebbe’s continuous impact on the individual, on the occasion of the Rebbe’s yahrtzeit.
The Talmud on the World to Come, Lesson 8
Defending Israel in Antiquity: Outstanding Loans & Slave Reparations
On the heels of a dramatic legal showdown between a sagacious hunchback and descendants of an original Canaanite tribe; the same rabbi, now goes up against the legal representatives of the Egyptian nation. In the powerful courtroom of Alexander the Great,...
Sacred Consumption
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Parsha Curiosities: Behaalotecha
Sound the Trumpets
Discover the secret story of the Mosaic Trumpets signaling Sinai sojourns.
The Talmud on the World to Come, Lesson 7
Defending Israel in Antiquity: Legal Sovereignty of the Holy Land
On the heels of an account of a fascinating exchange between a sagacious hunchback and an insolent sectarian, this chapter’s focus on the future mass-resurrection, is briefly interrupted with three additional exchanges between this insightful Sage who cou...
The Meat of the Issue
Fat, blood, and cheeseburgers! In this week's installment, we chew on some tough questions: Why are some parts of an animal spiritually uplift-able and others, not? What happens if we eat non-Kosher? And most importantly - why should we care? All this and...
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Princely Perception & Presentation
The Torah’s identical repetition of the Inaugural Offerings brought by Israel’s tribal leaders, serves to make parshat Naso the longest Torah portion. Perhaps more pointedly though, it seems entirely superfluous; especially in view of the Scripture’s spar...
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