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Hoshanah Rabbah 5782 (2021):75 years since the Nuremberg Trials

Hoshanah Rabbah 5782 (2021):75 years since the Nuremberg Trials

The sentences were carried out on the 21st of Tishrei, Hoshanah Rabbah – the day the judgment of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is sealed.Daniel Pinner, 26/09/2021 10:27
The Prelude to Rosh Hashannah

The Prelude to Rosh Hashannah

We are all נִצָּבִים, standing erect, steady and unmovable, each of us in our own position of authority, over ourselves or also over others.Daniel Pinner, 05/09/2021 19:36
Anti-Semitism? – Blame those illegal Jewish settlers

Anti-Semitism? – Blame those illegal Jewish settlers

Parashat Ki Tavo tells us just what defines an 'illegal settler' - providing food for thought.Daniel Pinner, 26/08/2021 10:38
Those weapons brandished against us...

Those weapons brandished against us...

Defeating blood libels and the lie that we are colonizers in our land - depends on our choice of 'blessing or curse' in Re'eh and Isaiah.Daniel Pinner, 06/08/2021 07:34
A primer: Blessings over food, after food, and prayers

A primer: Blessings over food, after food, and prayers

Every time a Jew eats, the blessings he recites both before and after infuse him with the centrality of the Land of Israel., 01/08/2021 07:49
9th of Av survival kit

9th of Av survival kit

The writer's ideas for getting into physical shape for fasting, starting today. Hopefully, our spiritual shape will make the fast obsolete.Daniel Pinner, 13/07/2021 13:53
Temporary or permanent?  Subverting the Redemption

Temporary or permanent? Subverting the Redemption

Such is Torah: One dot missing in a word in Mattot-Masei and Rashi's explanation lead to a vast lesson brought with exquisite subtlety.Daniel Pinner, 10/07/2021 22:00
Heard the one about the donkey who laughed at the prophet?

Heard the one about the donkey who laughed at the prophet?

Parashat Balak is indisputably the most hilarious parashah in the entire Torah.Daniel Pinner, 26/06/2021 21:00
Please meet the ten spies

Please meet the ten spies

There are modern day equivalents of the ten spies badmouthing Israel and claiming it should not be in Jewish hands., 03/06/2021 07:38
When each tribe brought the same offering

When each tribe brought the same offering

Each of the Tribes was unique, and even though each brought the identical offering, each one’s offering was unique.Daniel Pinner, 24/05/2021 12:00
Shavuot 5781 (2021):- Celebrate in spite of it all

Shavuot 5781 (2021):- Celebrate in spite of it all

Just four days after the Six Day War was over, Jews celebrated Shavuot at the newly-liberated Western Wall. We must continue to celebrate.Daniel Pinner, 16/05/2021 14:00
Jerusalem: "In the eyes of the nations He has revealed His righteousness”

Jerusalem: "In the eyes of the nations He has revealed His righteousness”

Jerusalem Day is intrinsically connected with the promise in this past Shabbat Torah reading ending the Book of Leviticus.Daniel Pinner, 09/05/2021 14:00
Emor: Between Yom Haatzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim

Emor: Between Yom Haatzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim

This week's Torah and Haftarah are a most fitting riposte to Yom Ha-Atzma’ut, and an equally fitting introduction to Yom Herut Yerushalayim.Daniel Pinner, 30/04/2021 09:04
“No Jew will be left behind, no tears will be left to be cried” (Avraham Fried)

“No Jew will be left behind, no tears will be left to be cried” (Avraham Fried)

When we come back home at the end of the Edomite exile, it will be forever. And our exiles are alluded to in yesterday's Torah reading.Daniel Pinner, 11/04/2021 09:03
Seventh day of Pesach:  Which group are you part of?

Seventh day of Pesach: Which group are you part of?

Would you have chosen to be part of the Redemption from Egypt? A majority did not.Daniel Pinner, 02/04/2021 17:30
The demise of the Meretz party

The demise of the Meretz party

Unmourned by most voters, Shulamit Aloni's leftist non-Zionist party with roots in pro-Stalin Mapam may have committed suicide. Op-ed.Daniel Pinner, 22/03/2021 09:00
Vayikra: A new Book, a new month, a new year, a new era

Vayikra: A new Book, a new month, a new year, a new era

Israel’s redemption is a combination of G-d’s decision and our actions - in the Exodus, the Mishkan, redemption from Babylon and today.Daniel Pinner, 18/03/2021 15:32
Shabbat Ha-Chodesh: Introducing the Jewish calendar

Shabbat Ha-Chodesh: Introducing the Jewish calendar

Pesach, the Festival celebrating our freedom, calibrates the Holidays. And Ba'al ha-Turim's calculations find a tikkun in Eretz Yisrael.Daniel Pinner, 11/03/2021 12:00
Shabbat Parah: While Purim is still echoing...

Shabbat Parah: While Purim is still echoing...

This Shabbat is the confluence of three components of our calendar: the aftermath of Purim, Parashat Ki Tissa, and Shabbat Parah.Daniel Pinner, 04/03/2021 08:50
Shabbat Zachor: Perverted compassion

Shabbat Zachor: Perverted compassion

Amalek’s attack was hatred for hatred's sake, cruelty for the sake of cruelty. Pity for bloodthirsty murderers is the ultimate cruelty.Daniel Pinner, 19/02/2021 10:18
An additional parashah

An additional parashah

Jethro well deserved a parashah being named for him, not just for his advice but for what his behavior exemplified.Daniel Pinner, 06/02/2021 23:59
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers

It is impossible, at this stage of history, to determine how long the gates of redemption remain open. But open they still undoubtedly are.Daniel Pinner, 23/01/2021 20:23
Exile and desecration, redemption and sanctification

Exile and desecration, redemption and sanctification

Two special Jews died this week, one world famous and the other known only to his friends, but the world is poorer for it.Daniel Pinner, 17/01/2021 21:33
The most comfortable exile ever - what could possibly go wrong?

The most comfortable exile ever - what could possibly go wrong?

Is it prescient that the Torah readings during this stormy period in the USA are about the change in Egypt's attitude towards the Jews?Daniel Pinner, 12/01/2021 10:32
Kingship in Israel

Kingship in Israel

Jacob’s blessings may pertain not to the end of days, but to events throughout Jewish history, such as King David and Judah Maccabee.Daniel Pinner, 05/01/2021 10:25
The connection between Parashat Vayigash and the 10th of Tevet

The connection between Parashat Vayigash and the 10th of Tevet

Exile, like the pull of Hell, sucks the Jew into its dread grasp – and it becomes ever-harder to leave.Daniel Pinner, 25/12/2020 04:00
Hanukkah song 'Raise the flag!' defied the Nazis

Hanukkah song 'Raise the flag!' defied the Nazis

A Hanukkah song written in 1935, set to "See the conquering hero comes" is a defiant contra to the Nazi party's Horst Wessel anthem. Op-ed.Daniel Pinner, 13/12/2020 07:53
Vayishlach: As the final confrontation begins

Vayishlach: As the final confrontation begins

Jacob tells Esau they will meet again on Mount Seir, but he does not go there during his lifetime. So what does he mean?Daniel Pinner, 05/12/2020 19:00
Parashat Vayetze:  Preparing for exile

Parashat Vayetze: Preparing for exile

Jews who eschew Torah, swiftly break any faith with the Land of Israel; and Jews who eschew the Land, swiftly break faith with the Torah.Daniel Pinner, 27/11/2020 02:00
Whose 'ancestral homeland'?

Whose 'ancestral homeland'?

Abraham’s tests are our reassurance and proofs. Erekat's claims of an 'ancestral homeland' are as false as those Abraham faced.Daniel Pinner, 15/11/2020 07:00
From the Ark to America

From the Ark to America

The Midrash sees the Flood as an allusion to Israel’s exile, and Noah’s leaving the Ark, as an allusion to Israel’s return to its Land.Daniel Pinner, 25/10/2020 17:00
Simchat Torah:  Celebrating a Torah of fire and water

Simchat Torah: Celebrating a Torah of fire and water

Moses will die in exile, but he cannot leave his people without blessing them, and he does so poetically, evoking Sinai and Jewish history.Daniel Pinner, 09/10/2020 11:45
Is this holiday seven, eight or nine days long?

Is this holiday seven, eight or nine days long?

Understanding the source of the difference in holiday observance in the Diaspora and Israel.Daniel Pinner, 06/10/2020 13:05
Yom Kippur:  Genesis of Repentance

Yom Kippur: Genesis of Repentance

The night that changed the world forever is the night Jewish history began. Six parts of Yom Kippur to read and internalize.Daniel Pinner, 27/09/2020 11:23
Haftorahs of consolation: “Sing and be joyful, O barren woman”

Haftorahs of consolation: “Sing and be joyful, O barren woman”

For people who don’t like the way the Redemption has been playing out over the last few generations, here is a suggestion: Read the Rambam.Daniel Pinner, 30/08/2020 08:55
Aesop's fables in the Middle East: The father, the son and the donkey

Aesop's fables in the Middle East: The father, the son and the donkey

f you try to please all, then you will please none and especially not yourself. Op-ed.Daniel Pinner, 19/08/2020 04:00
Meat, milk, and Aliyah" Parashat Re'eh

Meat, milk, and Aliyah" Parashat Re'eh

How long do we have to wait from meat to milk? And how long are we allowed to wait to make aliya?Daniel Pinner, 13/08/2020 08:30
For Shabbat Nachamu: After the Ninth of Av - A magnificent tragedy

For Shabbat Nachamu: After the Ninth of Av - A magnificent tragedy

The destruction of the 9th of Av was not the end. It was but the beginning of the night, awaiting the new dawn of redemption.Daniel Pinner, 31/07/2020 09:23
Lessons for Israel from Srebrenica, a quarter century on, Pt.2

Lessons for Israel from Srebrenica, a quarter century on, Pt.2

The USA led NATO in a campaign to defend Bosnian Muslims. What was the result? 9/11 two-and-a-half years later. Why? Op-ed.Daniel Pinner, 24/07/2020 13:06
Lessons for Israel from the Srebrenica massacre, a quarter of a century on

Lessons for Israel from the Srebrenica massacre, a quarter of a century on

What lessons can Israel derive from that horrific episode, called 'ethnic cleansing' by the Serbs but considered genocide by world powers?Daniel Pinner, 23/07/2020 14:30
Our generation is, in its own way, that of the Book of Numbers.

Our generation is, in its own way, that of the Book of Numbers.

Numbers separates the slave-generation which left Egypt from the free desert-generation. Which generation are we?Daniel Pinner, 20/07/2020 10:33
The 'Three Weeks' and the Parasha

The 'Three Weeks' and the Parasha

Parashat Pinchas invariably falls during the Three Weeks of mourning for our lost Land and destroyed Holy Temple.Daniel Pinner, 11/07/2020 22:45
No protestors destroy the Judensaus, 13th century German reliefs showing Jews as pigs

No protestors destroy the Judensaus, 13th century German reliefs showing Jews as pigs

Remembering German FM Walter Rathenau, killed on June 24, 1922, and called "Judensau" in chants. The Judensau reliefs are protected by law.Daniel Pinner, 24/06/2020 07:43
The whole Torah

The whole Torah

One little word betrayed the spies' motives in Parashat Shlach (Israel), and one letter shows the place of Eretz Yisrael in Judaism.Daniel Pinner, 14/06/2020 00:47
Explainng the corona virus

Explainng the corona virus

Why do bad things happen to good people?Daniel Pinner, 13/05/2020 20:59
When WWII ended there was no armistice, there was surrender

When WWII ended there was no armistice, there was surrender

May 8, 1945 is the day that Nazi Germany recognized its defeat and had to agree to total surrender. And that brought peace. Opinion.Daniel Pinner, 08/05/2020 14:22
Did you notice which Haftarah was read today?

Did you notice which Haftarah was read today?

Unusually, the haftarah of the first of the two parshiyot of the week was read instead of that of the secondDaniel Pinner, 02/05/2020 23:13
Yom Haatzma'ut: The dawn of redemption

Yom Haatzma'ut: The dawn of redemption

History is full of events which in retrospect, with the benefit of historical hindsight, fit in with G-d’s design for Israel’s redemptionDaniel Pinner, 30/04/2020 12:05