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Daniel Pinner

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

When You Go Out to War...

13 mitzvot in the parsha relate to warfare and enemy nations., 9/8/2011, 1:51 PM

An Apology to Turkey

Turkey has downgraded its ties to Israel after Israel refused to apologize for the Mavi Marmara incident., 9/3/2011, 11:45 PM

Egypt is Remilitarizing Sinai: Calling a Spade a Spade

It’s 1936 all over again, and Egypt is Germany, and the Sinai Desert is the Rhineland which is being remilitarised. There are none so blind as those who will not see. , 8/26/2011, 7:16 AM

Eikev: Do Not Fear Them; G-d Works His Miracles For Us

The Torah admonishes us: “Should you say in your heart, These nations are greater than me! How will I be able to drive them out?! – Do not fear them! Remember – just remember – what HaShem your G-d did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt...", 8/19/2011, 3:14 PM

Mattot: Fighting Together for the Land of Israel

On the very verge of the Land of Israel, Moab and Midian made a last, damaging attempt to thwart our return home., 7/22/2011, 12:00 AM

Join a Pollard Pesach Initiative

It is almost Pesach for Pollard as well. Here is what you can do., 4/7/2011, 8:47 AM

Shabbat Parah and Parshat Shmini

What is the Torah’s message in specifying that the kidneys, liver, and diaphragm were wholly burnt? Why not other parts of the sacrificed animal?, 3/24/2011, 4:50 PM

The Tabernacle: Forgiveness

G-d’s forgiveness is eternally available. It is ours for the asking, 2/21/2011, 11:19 AM

Vayeshev: History's Echoes

Everything that our ancestors ever did – both for bad and for good – stamped its imprint indelibly on our history for the rest of time. All their actions reverberate eternally in the echo-chamber of history., 11/25/2010, 3:42 PM

Shavuot: Pesach's Culmination

Besides the lunar calendaric reason, there are other reasons that the exact day of the month of Shavuot is not mentioned in the Torah., 5/17/2010, 12:05 PM

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