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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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For the first time in our modern Jewish history, virtually all Synagogues around the world will be shut on the Final Day of Pesach. Never in living memory has nobody gone to Shul to recite the sacred memorial prayer of Yizkor and honor the eternal souls o...
The Megillah in Depth, Chapter 7, Part 2
As zero hour arrives, Esther lifts her eyes to petition Heaven and then, authoritatively and with great emotion, addresses Achashvairosh with piercing words. Tactfully, she dramatically pleads for her own life, only afterwards petitioning the King to spar...
The Megillah in Depth, Chapter 7, Part 1
As the King and Haman arrive at the second feast, a foul mood pervades. The wine flows, alcohol providing temporary respite and relief, as the queen sips gingerly to maintain careful control as she sets the stage for the climatic power play that’ll trigge...
Intermediate Talmud: Tractate Shabbat, Lesson 41
The discussion regarding ritual law and the modicum of materiel comprising a formal piece of fabric to which differing forms of ritual impurity can attach itself. The required dimensions to be considered an artifact susceptible to one form of Tumah, aren’...
Intermediate Talmud: Tractate Shabbat, Lesson 40
Earlier, we successfully sourced ritual law regarding the minimum size for fabric to be susceptible to ritual impurity from Torah verses about Tzara’at – but all according to one opinion in the dispute we were focused on. Now, the Talmud attempts to do sa...
Intermediate Talmud: Tractate Shabbat, Lesson 39
Seeking to source the origin of a well-know notion in Jewish ritual law that necessitates a minimum size for pieces of cloth to be deemed fabric of value, we precision-analyse Torah verses that address the paranormal possibility of an “appearances-only” p...
Intermediate Talmud: Tractate Shabbat, Lesson 38
Evolving from the previous discussion about organic vegetative sources of fuel best used for Shabbat candles, we now wander into a seemingly tangential subject of analysis, focused on the Halachik definition of cloth and clothing – vis-à-vis the various o...
Intermediate Talmud: Tractate Shabbat, Lesson 37
Furthering the previous discussion about substances that can or can't be used to keep Shabbat serenity burning, we segue into the nature of vegetative sources of the required fuel. In the biblical image of illumination, the olive looms large; the question...
Intermediate Talmud: Tractate Shabbat, Lesson 36
Seeking to better clarify the rhyme and reason of particular fuels banned by Jewish law, we encounter strange overlap of ritual proscription and the prevention of injury. Cracking the code to understand this Talmudic juxtaposition, a telling and compellin...
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