Daniel Pinner

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

Birth of a Nation

The memory of our ancestors can inspire us all and infuse us with hope: our nation itself was born in exile., 11/30/2014, 7:07 PM

Loving-kindness and Truth

175 years ago this week, on Shabbat Parashat Toldot, 2nd Kislev 5600 the Kotzker Rebbe threw his hassidim, and ultimately the entire hassidic world, into turmoil., 11/20/2014, 10:59 PM

Ishmael and Civilized Human Society

"A wild man, his hand against everyone and everyone's hand against him", 11/15/2014, 5:48 PM

The Forefathers as Forerunners of Jewish Destiny

However we interpret Abraham’s actions, it is obvious that he didn’t leave the Land of Israel, the Land which G-d had promised to his descendants, simply because he could find chocolate-flavoured puddings cheaper in Egypt. , 10/31/2014, 8:52 AM

The Death of Evil People

Mishnah, Sanhedrin: "The death of evil people is pleasant and beneficial for them, and pleasant and beneficial for the world.”, 10/23/2014, 10:30 AM

The Sukkah of faith, the Sukkah of redemption

We take our leave of the Sukkah on Erev Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah. A review., 10/14/2014, 10:10 PM

The Ultimate Sabbath

The sequence of Yom Kippur falling on Shabbat four out of five years is extremely rare., 9/30/2014, 10:18 PM

Nitsavim-Vayelech: Stand Proud!

Stand proud! You have free will!, 9/18/2014, 11:48 AM

Gaza: How to Perpetuate the Conflict

Is demilitarisation of the Gaza region feasible? It has already been tried. In the Kadesh Campaign, 1956. It lasted for a day and a half., 9/1/2014, 9:26 AM

Eikev: The Golden Calf Still Echoes

The sin still resounds, but there is also the eventual reward., 8/14/2014, 8:40 AM

9th of Av: 5774

Destroying the Temples affected the entire world. And how little the world has changed since that calamitous day 1,944 years ago!, 8/5/2014, 4:14 PM

G-d's Peace Plan is in the Parsha

Hundreds of years ago, our great Sages interpreted the Torah in perfect harmony with tomorrow’s headlines., 7/25/2014, 12:35 AM

The Headline You Will Never See

Some civilians are more equal than others., 7/22/2014, 7:11 AM

Mattot: The Purpose of War

This week's Torah reading includes the command to wage war under certain circumstances., 7/17/2014, 10:39 AM


Pinchas exhibited compassion in a way that G-d ratified., 7/10/2014, 12:16 AM

Chukat: The King of Arad Takes a Captive

A nation that is worthy of independence in its homeland goes to all-out war to defend its own – and even to bring back a servant who is held captive., 6/26/2014, 12:47 AM

A Lesson in Practical Repentance

It is now less than seven weeks until the ninth of Av. The decision is in our hands., 6/16/2014, 3:56 PM

A Second Chance

This Torah reading includes the quintessential second chance., 6/6/2014, 3:15 PM

Shavuot: Modesty by Example

Humility is a central Torah directive., 5/31/2014, 9:12 PM

The Return of the Estranged Wife

This is the sole example where a person’s guilt or innocence is determined not by a court, not by witnesses or by evidence, but by G-d’s direct miraculous intervention. , 5/30/2014, 6:57 AM