Daniel Pinner

The UN got it right for a change

The UN resolution means that changes made to Jerusalem by all foreign occupiers, invaders, imperialists, and colonialists since the Jews made it their capital over 3000 years ago, have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded., 1/3/2018, 5:45 PM

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

Holy heresy

Everything is for the service of G-d. What about heresy?, 7/31/2017, 10:53 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

Parashat Terumah: A time of joy

Moshe’s entire 40-day sojourn atop Mount Sinai had one theme only – building the Mikdash., 3/3/2017, 8:20 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

Vayishlach: Becoming Israel

Jacob, the man of truth, was forced to deceive and connive., 12/15/2016, 7:58 AM

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

From twilight to Redemption

The potential of the 9th of Av remains. , 8/15/2016, 11:04 AM

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

Apologizing to MK Zoabi

Zoabi hates the state of Israel - and serves in its parliament. The Israel-Turkey agreement elicited a venomous speech from the Arab MK., 6/30/2016, 1:20 AM

Shlach (Israel): The beginning of the end

Part of the suffering that we as a nation have to undergo in order to inherit and acquire the Land of Israel is to understand and to learn the meaning of freedom and its corollary, responsibility., 6/26/2016, 8:30 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

Bamidbar (Israel): Leaders

Even the greatest leader is human, and therefore fallible,, 6/2/2016, 9:10 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

Purim and sacrifices: Why walled cities celebrate the 15th of Adar

A historical context for the two days of Purim and the reading of Parashat Tzav., 3/24/2016, 7:03 AM

Pekudei: Let the celebrations begin!

What greater joy can there be than building the House of G-d?, 3/10/2016, 11:35 PM

Letter to PM Netanyahu on the continued detention of Meir Ettinger

Ettinger has not been accused of illegal acts. Is there such a thing as an illegal opinion in a democracy?, 2/3/2016, 6:22 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

Parashat Vayeshev: Returning to Shechem

Whoever controls Shechem controls a strategic mountain pass., 12/4/2015, 7:35 AM

Become who you are!

Ishmael tried to be Isaac – even as his descendants today try to usurp Isaac’s inheritance. But there can only be one Isaac, the real one., 11/5/2015, 8:18 AM

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

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

After Tisha B'Av Comes Shabbat Nachamu

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

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

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