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Rabbi Pini Dunner is the senior spiritual leader of the Beverly Hills Synagogue.

ARTICLES BY: Pini Dunner

April 21, 2017 2:19 pm

Why Pesach and Shavuot Are Both Necessary

It is an axiom of the American national narrative that in 1776, citizens of the 13 colonies declared themselves independent of Great Britain, King George III and his...

April 9, 2017 9:42 pm

Jewish Enemies — Then and Now

The issue of Jewish collaboration with the Nazis is probably the most challenging aspect of Holocaust history for Jews. The idea that Jews cooperated with...

April 2, 2017 6:45 am

Would You Hear the Call of God?

It's highly unlikely that you have heard of Angel and Carmen Perez. Indeed, until a short time ago, I had never heard of them either. The Perezes were recovering...

March 24, 2017 6:19 am

Why People Must Learn From Other People

Anyone who uses an iPhone is familiar with the silvery voice of “Siri” -- an electronic personal assistant that (who?) responds to questions. You can ask Siri...

March 17, 2017 6:27 am

Explaining God’s Absence — and How to Find Him

Earlier this week, an official in France’s far-right National Front party was suspended after footage emerged of him denying the magnitude of the Holocaust. In the...

March 10, 2017 7:38 am

Purim’s Warning for Modern-Day Antisemitism

The United States has seen a surge in antisemitic activity that is unprecedented in modern times. Bomb threats against Jewish community centers, desecrated cemeteries, offensive graffiti and social...

March 3, 2017 7:11 am

Jews Must Be in Constant Dialogue With Our Past

One of the most significant pioneers of psychology in the 20th century was a German-Jewish immigrant to the US named Kurt Lewin. He was born...

February 26, 2017 7:27 am

The True Objectives of Charity

Did you know that the unlimited charitable tax deduction on individual tax returns is in danger of being gutted by Congress and President Trump? The Urban-Brookings Tax Policy...

February 19, 2017 7:36 am

The Boundary-Breaking Meeting Between Trump and Netanyahu

The scenes in Washington, DC last Wednesday were nothing short of astounding. Whatever your political leanings, and however you feel about President Donald Trump or Prime Minister...

February 10, 2017 4:14 am

The Constitution, Shabbat and the Purpose of Limitations

Just three weeks into the new administration in Washington, calls to impeach President Donald Trump have already begun. James C. Nelson, a retired Montana Supreme...

February 3, 2017 5:10 am

The Pharoah’s Lesson on Addiction

One of modern psychology’s most researched topics is the phenomenon of addiction. We certainly know more about it today than at any point in human history....

January 27, 2017 6:13 am

Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem May Save the Temple Mount

This past Monday, I arrived in Israel to begin a whirlwind tour with 30 millennial Evangelical pastors from across the United States. All but two of them...

January 20, 2017 6:05 am

Responding to the Paris ‘Peace’ Conference

Last Sunday, officials from 70 countries gathered together in Paris for a one-day conference to discuss the future of the moribund Middle East peace process. The...

January 15, 2017 7:04 am

Protesting Lithuania’s Plans to Build a Convention Center Over a Jewish Cemetery

One of the contemporary Jewish world’s most impressive yet unsung scholars is the unassuming Professor Shnayer Leiman of New York. Aside from being an ordained Orthodox...


New York Times Amends Palestinian Terrorist Barghouti’s Op-Ed Amid Outcry - A day after convicted Palestinian terrorist Marwan Barghouti wrote a New York...


Israel Reportedly Strikes Pro-Regime Military Base in Syria - The Israeli military launched an attack on a military base belonging to pro-regime forces in Syria Sunday, according to local reports. According to a statement issued by the National Defense...

Middle East

Lebanese Prime Minister Asks UN to Help on Permanent Ceasefire With Israel - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri asked the United Nations Friday for help in forging a permanent cease-fire with Israel, ending what he called the Jewish state’s “continuous violations” of...