Daniel Pinner

Hoshana Rabba: 70 years since the Nuremberg Trials

There are no coincidences..., 10/22/2016, 9:00 PM

The wars of the Jews

How and when to go to war in this week's parsha., 9/9/2016, 4:08 PM

From twilight to Redemption

The potential of the 9th of Av remains. , 8/15/2016, 11:04 AM

Matot (Israel): Do you know what you are fighting for?

The israelite fighters had much in common with their IDF descendants., 7/29/2016, 9:54 AM

Pinchas (Israel): Following the daughters

The daughters of Zelophehad had such a great love for the Land of Israel, they merited that the laws of inheriting land-holdings in the Land of Israel would be written in the Torah at their inspiration., 7/21/2016, 9:15 AM

Apologizing to MK Zoabi

Zoabi hates the state of Israel - and serves in its parliament. The Israel-Turkey agreement elicited a venomous speech from the Arab MK., 6/30/2016, 1:20 AM

Shlach (Israel): The beginning of the end

Part of the suffering that we as a nation have to undergo in order to inherit and acquire the Land of Israel is to understand and to learn the meaning of freedom and its corollary, responsibility., 6/26/2016, 8:30 AM

Nasso (Israel)/Shavuot: Celebrating Israel, celebrating G-d

Connecting Jews with G-d, their nation and their land., 6/10/2016, 3:55 PM

Bamidbar (Israel): Leaders

Even the greatest leader is human, and therefore fallible,, 6/2/2016, 9:10 PM

Parshat Hachodesh: The blood of Redemption

This Shabbat we read Parshat Tazria but the Haftorah is the first national mitzva given the Jewish people, that of Hachodesh. They have a spiritual connection., 4/8/2016, 11:56 AM

Purim and sacrifices: Why walled cities celebrate the 15th of Adar

A historical context for the two days of Purim and the reading of Parashat Tzav., 3/24/2016, 7:03 AM

Pekudei: Let the celebrations begin!

What greater joy can there be than building the House of G-d?, 3/10/2016, 11:35 PM

Of calves and covenants

Putting the extent of the sin into perspective., 2/27/2016, 9:57 PM

Letter to PM Netanyahu on the continued detention of Meir Ettinger

Ettinger has not been accused of illegal acts. Is there such a thing as an illegal opinion in a democracy?, 2/3/2016, 6:22 AM

In time of war

Look at the Egyptians to see that no matter how seemingly loyal, when it comes to war, a person will side with his original nation and not with Israel., 1/25/2016, 7:16 AM

A tale of two staffs  

Why two different words for the reptiles that the two staffs were transformed into?, 1/8/2016, 12:00 PM

When the love-story turns bitter: the Israelites and Egypt

It is the nature of a bush that when someone puts his hand in, he is not injured, because all the thorns point downwards; but when he comes to take his hand out, the thorns catch him and he is unable to take it out. (Midrash), 12/25/2015, 9:47 AM

For Shabbat Hanukkah: Miketz and the Maccabees

United we stand, divided we fall. , 12/11/2015, 3:36 PM

Hanukkah: Lighting the path to redemption

How will we light the Hanukkah lights when Mashiach comes? Read this and be prepared., 12/6/2015, 4:48 PM

Parashat Vayeshev: Returning to Shechem

Whoever controls Shechem controls a strategic mountain pass., 12/4/2015, 7:35 AM

Become who you are!

Ishmael tried to be Isaac – even as his descendants today try to usurp Isaac’s inheritance. But there can only be one Isaac, the real one., 11/5/2015, 8:18 AM

Follow in the footsteps of Abraham

He could have done G-d's work in Haran, but he heeded the call. So should we., 10/24/2015, 8:56 PM

G-d, Einstein, and How to Make Your Shoe-polish Last Forever

True existence – true reality – is measured, and can be measured, solely in terms of Torah., 10/8/2015, 9:33 PM

The Sukkah: Nofelet or nofalet?

Even a change in a vowel can have a deep meaning in Judaism., 9/30/2015, 7:14 AM

Vayeilech: When leaders of Israel die...

In memory of a fighter for Eretz Yisrael., 9/17/2015, 7:35 PM

Parashat Nitzavim: Choose life!

Time to come home., 9/10/2015, 12:24 PM

The Place that G-d Chooses

Six stops on the way to Jerusalem., 9/6/2015, 2:49 AM

Ki Tetze: Protecting the Home

Parashat Ki Tetze is exceptionally rich in mitzvot: it contains 27 positive mitzvot and 47 negative, for a total of 74. They are connected., 8/27/2015, 7:28 AM

Re'eh: The Joy of Inheriting the Land of Israel

The pronouncements of blessings and curses are our very foundation in the Land of Israel., 8/13/2015, 7:23 AM

Ekev: To walk before G-d in the Light of Life

The Land of Israel is bound up with the Jewish People., 8/6/2015, 7:29 AM

After Tisha B'Av Comes Shabbat Nachamu

The Sabbath of consolation follows the fast of destruction., 7/30/2015, 7:36 AM

Parshat Dvarim and the 9th of Av - What's the Connection?

Looking forward with hope., 7/23/2015, 5:19 PM

29th of Tammuz, Remembering two Jewish Giants

“How are the mighty fallen!” (2 Samuel 1:19), 7/15/2015, 11:15 PM

Balak and Fast of the 17th of Tammuz:

Parashat Balak invariably falls around the 17th of Tammuz; indeed, and this year, Shabbat Parashat Balak falls precisely on the 17th of Tammuz. What is the connection?, 7/3/2015, 10:55 AM

Gaza Rockets, Eubulides, and the Sorites Paradox

How many grains constitute “a heap”? And how many rockets are "a few" beyond which there are "many"?, 6/24/2015, 4:37 AM

Korach: Despair in the Desert

The Israelites in the desert wanted to enter Israel. How will any Jew who decides, in this generation, to remain in exile answer the question: Were you sincere and honest all those dozens of times every day that you prayed to return to Zion?, 6/18/2015, 8:25 AM

Sinai to Paran to Israel to Babylon to Germany

There is a deep connection between Paraha and Haftarah., 6/5/2015, 3:29 PM

The Ultimate Blessing of Peace

An ever increasing blessing., 5/29/2015, 2:49 PM

From Defilement to Redemption

Judaism has forged an intimate connexion between every individual Jew’s declaration of faith and the function of the Kohen., 5/1/2015, 12:14 PM

Yom Haatzmaut: Animals, rivers, exiles, and redemptions

The fourth exile, the longest and bitterest of them all, is the last exile., 4/22/2015, 11:16 PM


Tazria-Metzora are combined except for leap years. This coming Shabbat they are read in the Diaspora, but Israel read them this past Shabbat. To what do the afflictions recounted allude?, 4/19/2015, 8:35 AM

Parashat Shmini: “No Jew will be left behind"

No tears will be left to be cried” (Avraham Fried)., 4/8/2015, 9:38 PM

The Seder Night: An Invitation

Abraham and Lot invited guests into their home as we do at the Seder., 4/3/2015, 12:00 AM

Shabbat Hagadol and Parshat Tzav

In the word mokdah: the first letter, the mem, is traditionally written smaller than all the other letters. Why?, 3/26/2015, 3:31 PM

A new Book, a New Month, a New Year, a New Era

Parashat Vayikra and Shabbat Hachodesh: Why was the first national mitzvah that G-d ever gave the commandment to institute a calendar?, 3/19/2015, 9:04 PM

The Inevitable failure of the Zionist Union

Why, after all, should any voter elect a poor imitation when the real thing is available? , 3/13/2015, 12:01 PM

A Guide to Shabbat Shekalim, Zachor, Purim, and Ki Tisa

This is the sixth time that this sequence has occurred in the last 30 years., 3/4/2015, 11:19 AM

Half-Way Through the Book of Exodus

This parsha emphasizes the role of justice and worthy judges, an essential step towards Redemption., 2/13/2015, 11:05 AM

Sending Israel on its Mission

What does it mean to be G-d’s “Kingdom of Kohanim”?, 2/6/2015, 9:01 AM

At the End of the Exile

Jews have in them a mingling of hope for redemption and despair of its ever happening. But when encountering death, we are on the brink of new life!, 2/2/2015, 12:05 AM

Parshat Bo: Arguing Against Redemption, Then and Now

History, and the Jews' response to it, repeats itself. , 1/22/2015, 8:44 AM

The Staff of Peace and the Staff of Justice

Why it was Aaron’s staff rather than Moshe’s which G-d transformed into a crocodile when confronting Pharaoh?, 1/16/2015, 12:39 PM

Shemot: Who is worthy of being a leader of Israel?

Moses,David and Amos were shepherds., 1/8/2015, 2:13 PM

10th Tevet 5775: How Quickly Hanukkah is Forgotten!

The Fast of the 10th of Tevet coincides with the Gregorian new year this time around. Fast or feast? Mourn over the destruction of Jerusalem? Or celebrate Sylvester named for a highly unsavoury pope and “saint”?, 12/31/2014, 10:19 PM

Miracles After Hanukkah

We can look at miracles as being (potentially at least) every event that ever happens. , 12/27/2014, 10:05 PM

Hanukkah: The Price of Treason, the Fight for Freedom

The Seleucid Dynasty met its match and was defeated by the Maccabees' fight against tyranny and treason and who may have given other countries under Seleucid rule the courage to revolt. , 12/22/2014, 8:49 AM

Vayishlach: Bowing to the Enemy, Then and Now

What would the Ramban have said had he seen the modern rulers of Israel's obsequiousness before the rulers of modern-day Rome, Turkey, and the Arabs?! And how will future generations rationalize how they brought the enemies of Israel into Israel?!, 12/5/2014, 10:38 AM