Daniel Pinner

Parashat Tazria-Metzora: A blessing in disguise

Tzara’at causes suffering but is also potentially a blessing in disguise – as long as the leper relates to it appropriately. And with all the suffering this plague is inflicting upon us all – we can yet make it a time of global healing. , 4/24/2020, 5:12 PM

Holocaust and Ghetto Uprising Memorial Day

The month of Nisan, the month of the holiday of freedom, is when Jews fought for their liberty and lives throughout history. The story of four periods of tenacity and courage., 4/21/2020, 12:53 PM

Pesach is over...so what holiday are we still celebrating?

The Korban Pesach was offered on the 14th of Nisan, but matzot were the food that we ate for a month after leaving Egypt – and they had the taste of manna, no less., 4/13/2020, 11:59 AM

Pesach, Parashat Tzav and Shabbat Hagadol in the shadow of Coronavirus

What will we miss? Only our friends, family, and other guests? Or the single most essential component of Pesach, the Pesach Sacrifice?, 4/3/2020, 3:30 PM

Repairing a broken world: Parashat Hachodesh

Vayakhel, the first of this week's two parashot, means 'he assembled' - we will never again take for granted to ability to assemble a community., 3/19/2020, 5:11 PM

Megillat Esther: Mysticism in the Megillah

The ten spheres in the Megillah, revealing the hidden., 3/9/2020, 5:59 PM

Israel's 2020 elections in a nutshell

Do you want to know who's who in today's elections in Israel? How the elections work? Here is a primer that summarizes the scene., 3/2/2020, 4:37 PM

It's the Jewish month of Adar - be happy

Israel nationally, collectively – desperately needs that spirit of Purim from 2,400 years ago. We need the self-perception of legitimacy to give us the self-confidence to make the inner mental switch to activate our already-existing latent strength., 3/1/2020, 5:49 AM

Mishpatim: Are you free to receive the Torah - without compromise?

The meaning of freedom. , 2/20/2020, 11:56 AM

Hanukkah: Lighting the path to Redemption

How many candles do we light each night of Hanukkah and why?, 12/22/2019, 2:56 PM

British elections 2019: A guide for the [Jewish] perplexed

From the pre-election polls until the actual election, significant changes are possible. And under Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party has been steadily rising in the polls, despite all the reasons he poses a danger to Jews and the UK itself. , 12/10/2019, 5:59 PM

How Jewish is Israel? The Shabbat test

Two different things happened this past Shabbat, in two very different areas. Which area passed the test?, 11/27/2019, 7:45 AM

Another ceasefire - and another - and another

We have not defeated Islamic Jihad, we have simply taught the terrorist group a lesson. They will start launching rockets soon enough., 11/16/2019, 6:24 PM

Praying for rain starts on Monday night

Monday night, as the 7th of Marcheshvan begins, we pray for the first time this year: “Bless this year and all its produce for the good for us, O Hashem our G-d, and grant dew and rain as a blessing on the face of the earth…”, 11/5/2019, 8:01 AM

A birthday present from President Trump

I enjoyed a quiet birthday on the Sabbath, but little did I know what a present Donald Trump had in store for me!, 10/28/2019, 9:54 PM

Parashat Bereishit: From the beginning till the end of time

From those first moments of Creation, G-d already programmed the future of His nation Israel., 10/25/2019, 12:31 PM

Simchat Torah: Celebrating a Torah of fire and water

How did Moshe begin his blessings to the Children of Israel?, 10/20/2019, 10:15 AM

The Israeli electoral system:and its history, explained

Did you know that the First Knesset included 117 Jews and 3 Arabs, 108 men and 12 women, while the 21st (recent) Knesset included 12 Arabs and 29 women. , 9/17/2019, 9:00 AM

Shoftim: Towards ultimate justice - the Haftarah and the Parasha

This is the period of the seven Haftarahs of consolation, irrespective of the Torah reading, but the one read this week has a deep connection to the parasha., 9/5/2019, 2:59 PM

After the 9th of Av

The ox and the donkey are both intimately connected with redemption., 8/19/2019, 7:58 AM

Welcome back, Diaspora Jewry! We missed you at the Torah reading!

For almost three-and-a-half months, the Torah-readings in Israel have been one week ahead of those in the exile. This is due to the extra day of Pesach outside of Israel which this year fell on Shabbat. This Shabbat we get back together. , 8/2/2019, 3:21 PM

The issues fought about in 1948 are those of 2019

As hard as it is to define precisely when Israel’s War of Independence began, it is equally hard to define when it ended. The attempt to exterminate Israel never ceased., 7/21/2019, 3:36 PM

85 years since the Night of the Long Knives

Hitler's personal psychotic compulsion with conspiracies, made fertile ground for distrust. The Nazis’ first murderous pogrom was directed against their own people in an internal power-struggle,, 7/1/2019, 4:59 PM

A mitzvah you could do in your sleep

The mitzvah of יִשּׁוּב אֶרֶץ יִשְׂרָאֵל, dwelling in the Land of Israel, takes a definite commitment to begin with. But having made the commitment, it is a mitzvah which lasts your entire life. , 6/26/2019, 7:27 AM

Waving the flags of a free nation

We had no plans at all to liberate any more of Israel, content to leave the majority of it under continued foreign occupation. But G-d had other plans., 6/1/2019, 11:02 PM

Parashat Behar: G-d’s partners in Creation

Shabbat is G-d’s way of making us, Israel His holy nation, His partners in Creation., 5/19/2019, 9:54 PM

The only recipe for Jewish survival

A look at the history of ethnic cleansing of Jews., 5/9/2019, 5:30 PM

One Seder Night or two? Seven days or eight?

This extra day is potentially controversial. After all, the Torah itself enjoins us “You shall not add to the word that I command you, neither shall you diminish from it” (Deuteronomy 4:2, 13:1)., 4/18/2019, 4:48 PM

Of sacrifice and redemption

Purim and Pesach are intimately connected. There are many connexions between Purim and Pesach., 3/24/2019, 8:10 AM

Shabbat Zachor: One nation, united

Parashat Zachor this year read along with the first reading in Leviticus, Parashat Vayikra. It sends a powerful message about Jewish survival and antisemitism., 3/14/2019, 6:42 AM

Former Minister turned traitor: Gonen Segev, From Oslo to Iran

When a split Right allowed the Left to form a coalition, Segev was in a staunchly right wing party. He crossed the lines and was the crucial vote that allowed the Oslo Accords to pass. That was for starters., 3/5/2019, 7:04 AM

Sending forth the light: In memory of Ori Ansbacher Hy"d

"Arise, Ori, because your light has come, and Hashem’s Glory has shone upon you” (Isaiah 60:1). Ori has ascended to the highest, murdered by a despicable representative of an already-evil creed. Her light will indeed rise in holiness and purity., 2/17/2019, 7:58 AM

Gaza- original sin

The path of history is often changed by one deed, and in the case of Gaza, it was Yigal Allon's hesitance. , 1/14/2019, 11:38 PM

No, don’t “let my people go”

This is the ultimate curse of slavery: the slave who is so degraded that he has utterly capitulated to his status as a slave. The slave who can no longer even dream of freedom., 1/6/2019, 3:59 PM

Thank you Gideon Levy, keep on writing!

You have exposed the untrammelled hate of the hard Left better than any pro-Israel writer or investigative journalist ever could., 12/21/2018, 1:45 PM

Parashat Vayigash: The hell of exile

Exile, like the grave or like hell, sucks the Jew into its dread grasp – and it becomes ever-harder to leave., 12/13/2018, 8:01 AM

First night of Hanukkah: One candle or eight?

Why do we light one candle on the first night of Hanukkah and not eight? There is a worldview here., 12/2/2018, 5:00 AM

Vayishlach: When dreams come true

Returning to the land of Israel, Yaakov's dream came true., 11/23/2018, 2:05 PM

The rains of redemption

May the rains come pouring down!, 10/31/2018, 10:00 AM

For Jeremy Corbyn: A true sense of British irony

There are sound reasons for granting Jeremy Corbyn the British Zionist of the Year award., 9/30/2018, 12:34 PM

Who said the Labour Party has a problem with anti-Semitism?

"No, Labour does NOT have a problem with anti-Semitism. We have a problem with Jews." Speech not given at a recent Labour Party Conference. A sad satire., 8/15/2018, 4:35 PM

Moses risked G-d's anger to beg to enter the land of Israel - and you?

How much are YOU willing to risk to make Aliyah?, 7/26/2018, 7:25 PM

Pre-9th of Av survival guide

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Jerusalem in Islam

A detailed overview of Jerusalem in Islamic history and belief. , 7/4/2018, 9:03 AM

The Three Oaths dilemma dividing Jewish Zionists from anti-Zionists

Are the three oaths halakhah (mandated Jewish law) in practice today?, 6/13/2018, 12:45 PM

A punishment of loving-kindness

G-d didn’t command Moshe to send forth the twelve spies; rather, He permitted him to. And the results are history. Why did G-d allow this débâcle to occur? , 6/12/2018, 8:08 AM

The Six Day War - Naksa?

Naksa? What Naksa?, 6/5/2018, 10:12 PM

After Shavuot, time to come home

There was a reason that G-d led us, His nation, into the Land of Israel. There was a reason that he commanded us to dwell in Israel. , 5/24/2018, 7:50 AM

The holiday with five names

Shavuot is all about acquiring the Torah and the Land., 5/18/2018, 2:00 PM

70 years of independence

We have built a State which is an inspiring success story. A state which every tyrant, every genocidal psychopath, every Jew-hater in the world hates and yearns to destroy. That fact alone shows that we are on the right path., 4/19/2018, 9:36 PM

Parashat Tzav-Shabbat Hagadol: Chametz and Matzah

The last Passover offering seems to have been more than 700 years ago., 3/23/2018, 12:12 PM

Shabbat Zachor: The hidden and the revealed

The Torah reading of Parshat Tetzaveh connects to the remembrance of Amalek., 2/22/2018, 8:24 AM

Mishpatim: A tale of three Covenants

What connexion is there between the Festivals, their sacrifices, the Bikkurim – and the prohibition on cooking meat and milk together?, 2/8/2018, 9:19 AM

Traitors or Patriots?

Today there are Jews in Israel and abroad who collaborate with our most vicious enemies against Israel, always claiming that their passionate, even desperate, love for Israel impels them to take a brave stand against Israeli policies..., 1/25/2018, 7:06 AM

Remembering the Thirty-Five

35 brave idealists, many of them promising university students, marched to the aid of surrounded Gush Etzion in January 1948. They were ambushed and fought to the last man., 1/20/2018, 11:01 PM

The UN got it right for a change

The UN resolution means that changes made to Jerusalem by all foreign occupiers, invaders, imperialists, and colonialists since the Jews made it their capital over 3000 years ago, have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded., 1/3/2018, 5:45 PM

Light and Darkness: Jews and Greeks

Note the inference of the name יון: three letters which follow the same general form, each one plunging lower than the previous one, leading to ever-deeper depths., 12/21/2017, 10:14 PM