Daniel Pinner

Parashat Tzav-Shabbat Hagadol: Chametz and Matzah

The last Passover offering seems to have been more than 700 years ago., 3/23/2018, 12:12 PM

Shabbat Zachor: The hidden and the revealed

The Torah reading of Parshat Tetzaveh connects to the remembrance of Amalek., 2/22/2018, 8:24 AM

Mishpatim: A tale of three Covenants

What connexion is there between the Festivals, their sacrifices, the Bikkurim – and the prohibition on cooking meat and milk together?, 2/8/2018, 9:19 AM

Traitors or Patriots?

Today there are Jews in Israel and abroad who collaborate with our most vicious enemies against Israel, always claiming that their passionate, even desperate, love for Israel impels them to take a brave stand against Israeli policies..., 1/25/2018, 7:06 AM

Light and Darkness: Jews and Greeks

Note the inference of the name יון: three letters which follow the same general form, each one plunging lower than the previous one, leading to ever-deeper depths., 12/21/2017, 10:14 PM

Don't thank Trump, bless him

Rabbi Kook refused to thank His Majesty’s Government for the Balfour Declaration. Instead, he blessed them., 12/17/2017, 11:53 PM

'P' is not for 'Palestine,' Ms. Golbard-Bashi

Op-ed: Arabic does not contain the letter 'p' so Arab 'Palestinians' cannot pronounce the name they appropriated, which, by the way, stems from the Hebrew word for invaders., 11/23/2017, 2:45 PM

Inheriting the Land of Israel

The beginning of Jewish national history is found in this week's Torah reading., 11/9/2017, 10:59 PM

Lech Lecha: Why will YOU make aliya?

Noah versus Abraham. And as Angela Epstein wrote in the Daily Mail: If history has taught us Jews anything, it’s knowing when it’s time to pack. , 10/26/2017, 6:49 AM

Noach is a flawed tzaddik

Noach and the Land of Israel., 10/22/2017, 11:09 PM

G-d of love, love of G-d

32 letters in the Torah have dots above them - and their numerical value appears in two verses. A revelation., 9/17/2017, 6:37 PM

Anti-Semitism, terror? Blame the illegal Jewish settlers

Your house is ready, perhaps it’s time to think about going back home., 9/11/2017, 10:18 AM

Ki Tetsei: Fighting Amalek

Fighting Amalek and perfecting the world., 8/31/2017, 9:59 AM

Shoftim: The land for peace travesty

The laws of warfare talk about enemies, and how to treat them., 8/25/2017, 3:56 PM

Fast days

The Torah-reading for fast-days has a hidden message to help us through hard times., 7/11/2017, 4:18 AM

Jerusalem Day: Recognizing the miracle

What was the single greatest miracle of the entire Six Day War?, 5/23/2017, 11:38 PM

Warsaw Ghetto uprising or Auschwitz liberation, which day to choose?

There are two days to memorialize the Holocaust, representing two fundamentally different world-views., 4/24/2017, 7:08 AM

Shabbat Ha-Gadol: Redemption then, redemption now

Shabbat Ha-Gadol: Redemption then, redemption now, 4/7/2017, 12:15 AM

When man restores G-d to His world

What exactly is a sacrifice?, 4/2/2017, 8:14 AM

When man restores G-d to His world

What exactly is an offering?, 4/2/2017, 7:18 AM

From Jethro to Jonah to President Donald Trump

Sometimes a Jewish prophet, a Jewish national leader, needs to accept some advice, some admonition, from a non-Jewish outsider to learn how to lead the Jewish nation and how to serve G-d., 2/20/2017, 6:58 AM

Hanukkah: For the Miracles

The power of the weak over the mighty., 12/29/2016, 6:37 PM

Stand firm - and damn the consequences

Joining up when you see who is winning may be too late., 11/3/2016, 9:04 PM

The wars of the Jews

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

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

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

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

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

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

After Tisha B'Av Comes Shabbat Nachamu

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

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

Parashat Shmini: “No Jew will be left behind"

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

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

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

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

Nitsavim-Vayelech: Stand Proud!

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

The Post-Purim Story

Time for the post-Purim story., 3/19/2014, 8:05 AM

Elders of Israel

Three landmark events in the first redemption, the redemption from Egypt, when G-d called to Moses and then spoke to him, which were the three times when He gave honour to the Elders of Israel, 3/6/2014, 9:20 AM

How [Not] to Bring the Redemption

The story of the Hasmonean dynasty shows what happens when Israel's trust is put in the wrong place., 11/30/2013, 11:40 PM

Toldot: Well, Well, Well

Why tell the story of the wells?, 10/31/2013, 7:42 AM

What's In a Name?

The significance of the name changes in the book of Genesis., 10/25/2013, 3:52 PM

Countdown to Redemption

An original explanation for the Torah's different 'countdowns' for the Egyptian exile., 10/11/2013, 9:03 AM

The Ultimate Punishment

Why the change from plural to singular in the tochecha from Leviticus to Deuteronomy?, 8/22/2013, 8:06 AM

Shoftim: On Jewish Government

The Torah mandated, thousands of years ago, not only that the judge or judges be the peers of the litigants who stand before them, but that the officers who enforce the law also be their peers. Learn more., 8/7/2013, 10:02 PM

Spies and Lies

How could the spies have delivered such a demoralizing report?, 5/30/2013, 8:37 AM

A Line Stretches From Egypt to Warsaw

They tried in Egypt, Persia and Europe. And in Warsaw, the valiant Jewish fight against impossible odds began the same day that, 3,255 years earlier, the Jews of Egypt had shaken off their fear of their slave-masters., 4/7/2013, 11:11 PM

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