Daniel Pinner

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