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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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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...
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)
On the 7th day of Sukkot, called Hoshanah Rabba, we take five willows and strike the ground to sweeten the judgment. This class digs deep into Torah tradition to uncover the origins, meanings, and relevance to the ancient Holy Temple plant parade that lea...
How the “Four Kinds” we are commanded to take on Sukkot naturally add up to one. This class reveals the deepest meaning and motifs to the mitzvah!
Drawing joy! Let’s define Simchat Beit HaSho’evah: The seasonal Sukkot celebration that poured happiness out of a bucket of water in the Beit HaMikdash (Holy Temple), and why that’s relevant today!
This Talmud class discusses the naked truth on absolute immersion and the nature of separation for ritual purity. Offering sources of skin separations from purifying waters. (Talmud tractate Sukkah 6a-b)
The Talmud on the Sukkah’s minimum height
This class is focused on how the Seven Species of the Land of Israel size-up—in relations to the heights of the Sukkah! (Talmud tractate Sukkah 6a)
The Talmud on the Sukkah’s minimum height
In this class we discover how the Seven Species of Israel size-up. (Talmud tractate Sukkah 5b-6a)
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