Daniel Pinner

The Meaning of Shabbat Parshat Hachodesh

The Sabbath preceding the first day of the month of Nisan is called Hachodesh. We read the first mitzvah given to the Jews as a people, which tells us to take control of our time., 3/8/2013, 12:56 PM

Vayechi:An Unexpected Break

What does the way this Torah portion appears tell us?, 12/27/2012, 1:15 PM

Toldot: Generations Past, Generations to Come

To be called a descendant of a great man, you have to earn it., 11/15/2012, 3:37 PM

Lekh Lekah: Entering the Land

Abram entered the land and stopped at Shechem, the central city that controls the north., 10/25/2012, 10:44 PM

Guide to Yom Kippur Prayers

Yom Kippur is the Genesis of Repentance. Read how that develops as the day's prayers reflect it., 9/25/2012, 9:43 AM

Appointing a King

Is this a commandment that must be kept or simply the instructions that tell us what to do if we decide we want a king., 8/24/2012, 11:07 AM

Eicha! (Lamentations)

Mourning Destruction - the Book of Lamentations by Jeremiah decribes his emotions at the destruction of the Temple and is read on the eve of the 9th of Av while sitting on the floor in the synagogue with the lights dimmed., 7/27/2012, 3:01 PM

Shabbat Zachor is Here - Learn All About It

This week we read Parshat Zachor at the end of the Torah portion. The Torah commands us to hear the short reading, we stand and absorb every single word. There are 3 major episodes with Amalek in the Tanach - each with a strong message for today., 3/1/2012, 10:50 PM

The Dreamer Leads - Follow in his Footsteps

Man is captain of his own soul; and wherever there is a will to Judaism, there is a way to lead the Jewish life. Joseph was viceroy of Egypt, yet he remained a loyal son of Israel. The stars bowed to him, not he to them. , 12/15/2011, 10:04 AM

Of Covenants and Consolation

The final and greatest covenant which G-d will ever establish with us –is the covenant of the days of Mashiach, may it be soon., 9/22/2011, 11:00 AM

Shabbat Hazon and Parshat Dvarim

It is in our hands to transform the ninth of Av this year – just a couple of days away! – from a day of mourning to the day of Redemption that it was always intended to be. , 8/5/2011, 9:27 AM

Engines for Change

Hebrew's powerful cognates and repentance., 9/23/2009, 2:31 AM

Vayelech: Completely Torah

How the Torah ends - and begins., 9/11/2009, 1:52 AM

Ki Tavo: First of All Things

Rejoicing in God's sovereignty., 9/3/2009, 2:00 AM

Pinchas: Crime and Repentance

A curious interjection in the national narrative., 7/9/2009, 2:36 PM

Matzah: Ingesting Holiness

Far more powerful than merely eating crackers., 4/12/2009, 11:13 AM

HaChodesh: Being God's Partner

'This month is yours to determine....', 3/20/2009, 12:02 AM

Your Majesty, You're Not Welcome

I must confess that I am not entirely surprised., 3/8/2009, 11:03 PM

The Fast of the Tenth

When Jewish independence was extinguished., 1/6/2009, 12:04 AM

Miketz: Visions of Redemption

What do you see?, 12/26/2008, 2:15 AM

Vayeshev: In Exile, Redemption

The Torah inserts an aside., 12/19/2008, 12:49 AM

Ekev: A Declaration of Faith

Delving into what God is telling us in the Shema., 8/21/2008, 11:36 PM

Bulldozers and Buses

Morbid thoughts aboard a bus., 8/11/2008, 11:30 PM

Pinchas: After Demoralisation

This has been a difficult week., 7/16/2008, 6:50 PM

Chukat: On the Verge of the Land

This new generation was worthy., 7/3/2008, 1:11 AM

Am Yisrael Chai!

"Dead nations never rise again"?, 5/7/2008, 10:41 PM

The Climax of the Seder Night: Chad Gadya

Far more than a simple children’s nursery rhyme., 4/17/2008, 2:24 AM

<I>Zachor</I>: Remember Forever

The appropriate Jewish response., 3/12/2008, 8:10 PM

<I>Vayechi</I>: A Funeral in Hebron

The Divine sanctification in Jewish independence., 12/20/2007, 8:17 PM

<i>Vayigash</I>-Beginning of Exile, Seeds of Redemption

A symbiotic relationship with the exile., 12/14/2007, 12:47 AM

<I>Vayetze</I>: Patriarchs and Prayers

Each of the three Patriarchs instituted a prayer., 11/16/2007, 1:25 AM

<i>Chayyei Sarah</I>: The Ultimate Test

He was still an outsider in the Promised Land., 11/2/2007, 12:45 AM

<I>Noach</I>: A Tzaddik in His Generations

The man who would save humanity from annihilation., 10/10/2007, 11:42 PM

<I>Ki Tavo</I>: 'A Great Mitzvah Always to be Joyful'

At the entrance to Israel, we have to be reminded., 8/31/2007, 8:52 AM

<i>Re'eh</I>: See the Land, See the Blessings

Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal., 8/9/2007, 8:14 PM

<I>Matot-Masei</I>: Recognizing Enemies and Leaders

Why were Moab and Balak, the Moabite king, spared?, 7/12/2007, 6:02 PM

<I>Chukat</I>: Leadership at the Beginning of the End

Every generation needs appropriate leaders., 6/22/2007, 1:26 AM

The Six Day War: Recognizing the Miracle

Torah insight can enable us to begin to understand, 5/16/2007, 3:43 PM

When Israel Stands Up for Itself

We are at the fifth hour of the sixth day., 4/23/2007, 11:04 AM

<I>Shemini</I>: The Heart of the Torah

3 places in Torah can be said to be its "heart.", 4/12/2007, 11:29 PM

<I>Vayikra</i>: Sacrifices and Redemption

The entire narrative of Leviticus spans one month., 3/22/2007, 11:36 PM

<i>Parshat HaChodesh</I>: Freedom and Responsibility

A slave doesn't need a calendar; we do. , 3/16/2007, 12:02 AM

<I>Parashat Zachor</I>: What Makes Amalek Different?

Only Amalek is given no quarter by Torah law. , 3/2/2007, 1:17 AM

Vayeira: The Power of Hate

"And Hashem said to Moses: 'Say to Aaron: Take your staff and stretch forth your hand over the waters of Egypt, and they will become blood, and the Egyptian sorcerers did the same with their black magic,'" (Exodus 7:19)., 1/18/2007, 2:45 PM

<I>Vayigash</I>: Beginning of Exile, Potential for Perfection

There is a fundamental principal in Judaism that God creates the cure to all suffering before the suffering itself begins. "God never smites Israel without already having created the remedy.", 12/27/2006, 11:31 AM

Chanukah: Light, Peace and Victory Over Evil

In Modi'in, an obscure village and a Seleucid province, a single family started a revolution; twenty-five men against a vast superpower. That they dared even begin was a miracle. That other Jews joined them was inconceivable. For them to win was impossible. And yet, win they did; and it is that impossible, miraculous victory that we celebrate., 12/18/2006, 1:42 PM

<I>Vayishlach</I>: Return to Israel

We turn right, following the signpost to Ramallah (the site of the Biblical Ramat El), and just before approaching Beit El, we see on the right-hand side of the road the Arab village of Beteen - this name is a corruption of the original Beit El., 12/8/2006, 10:24 AM

<I>Vayetze</I>: Exile, Foundation and Return

Though he had spent 21 years in Padam Aram with Lavan, when G-d told him to return to Israel, he up and left immediately (Genesis 31:3)., 11/29/2006, 11:59 PM

My Only Regret, My Only Request

Now, more than ever, we need to do serious Pesach cleaning in our national home. And we need Jews - Jews in the millions - to help us. We need Jews from the USA, from Britain, from everywhere. , 4/9/2006, 9:42 PM

Why I'm Running on the Herut List

"When the Lord returned the captives to Zion, we were as dreamers," said the Psalmist. But when we come to build a state, we have to wake up from the dream., 3/23/2006, 10:02 PM

The True Judge

Even in the aftermath of disaster, we must see G-d as He who is good and bestows good., 3/6/2006, 3:21 PM

How to Be a Menace to Society

If Her Honour happens to read this essay, I want her to know that I never imagined that by defending my life, and carefully not endangering the life of anyone else (not even the Arabs who would have happily taken my life), I thereby became a menace to society., 1/23/2006, 11:44 PM

Keystone Cops in the Twilight Zone

An extra ten days in jail isn't all that long - at least, not after five months. , 11/29/2005, 11:21 PM

With My Back to the Sea

With nowhere to go but heaven, hell or the ocean, I fired a few warning shots in the air, and, as the Arabs ducked, I retreated to the hotel in Hof Dekalim. Of course, I could have exercised <I>havlaga</I> (restraint), taken my chances on living or dying, and avoided court. , 10/11/2005, 10:43 PM