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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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An overview of the proverbial Seven Noahide Laws
The Seven Step Plan for World Peace
A how-to presentation on effectively communicating the 7 Noahide Laws with profound clarity; illuminating foundational principles of Torah Judaism with wisdom, understanding and knowledge. Learn how you can become an inspiration; fulfilling our age-old sa...
The Talmud on the Pesach Seder, Lesson 8
Mitzvah Mindfulness Mandated?
In its initial analysis of the Mishnah, a great sage presumed to have uncovered the answer to a question that had long baffled the sages: must a mitzvah be performed intentionally, or can meaning be attributed to mindless actions? The Talmud engages in ri...
The Talmud on the Pesach Seder, Lesson 7
Provoking Proverbial Questions
Following the Kiddush wine, the “Order” of the proverbial Passover dinner seems to aimlessly wander away from the typical holiday repast tradition, yet nothing could be further from the truth. Discover the ingeniously choreographed Seder strategy that was...
Passover Eve Law & Order
A three-part series about the mechanics, mindfulness, nuts and bolts of the Seder’s legal intricacies so that everything gets done right!
The Megillah in Depth, Chapter 6, Part 2
The House of Cards Collapses
To cure his insomnia, the sleep-deprived monarch naturally asks for the Royal Chronicles to be read aloud – but this is no ordinary night and nothing is quite as it seems. The wheel of Haman’s political fortune has already swung, yet he knows nothing of i...
Are anniversaries of birth relevant and meaningful after death?
Birthdays in the Afterlife
We’ve previously established that birthday observances and even celebrations are Torah truisms. Now we explore: do birthdates retain Torah meaning after one's terrestrial passing onto their eternal reward. Intuitively, the start of one's physical life sho...
The Torah Rhyme and Reason for Celebrating Birthdays
The Case for Birthday Parties
Having established multiple Torah sources regarding the significance and potency of one’s birthday, we now move on to look at parties and formal celebrations. Is there an authentic Jewish tradition for such get-togethers, and is the anniversary of birth a...
The Megillah in Depth, Chapter 6, Part 1
Sleepless in Shushan: Royal Insomnia
It’s the turning point in the Purim story as the fortunes of Mordechai and Haman are about to reverse and the miracle begins to rush forward towards its climax! On that fateful night in the capital of the Persian Empire insomniacs are on the prowl. Discov...
The Megillah in Depth, Chapter 5, Part 6
A Wicked Wife’s Wisdom for a Final Solution
Seeking his wife’s sage, sensitive advice, Haman recounts his many achievements and personal triumphs, emphasising that none of it has any value as long as Persia’s most famous Jew exists – the immediate elimination of the impudent Jewish leader is absolu...
Observing Birthdays: A Torah Tradition or Pagan Aberration?
Are Birthday Celebrations Kosher?
This in-depth excavation digs deeply into scripture and Talmudic teachings about the observance of birthdays by both royals and regulars alike. Should ancient associations of birthdays and idolatrous rites disqualify us from marking the anniversary of our...
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