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

ARTICLES BY: Pini Dunner

November 17, 2017 11:55 am

The Weakness of Atheism

Atheism has featured prominently in the news over the past week -- and for all the wrong reasons. It turns out that Devin Patrick Kelley, the deranged...

November 10, 2017 12:06 pm

All You Need for Success Is Prayer

One of the riskiest endeavors in the business world is the area known as “mergers and acquisitions." A merger joins two separate entities into one...

November 3, 2017 1:17 pm

It Can Take Interesting Characters to Carry Out God’s Will

A century ago this week, Lord Arthur Balfour, the British foreign secretary and former prime minister, dispatched his now famous 67-word letter to Lord Walter...

October 27, 2017 3:20 pm

Why Divergent Thinking Is Critical to Judaism

All of us have been shocked by the images of yeshivah boys and their rabbinic mentors disrupting traffic and causing mayhem in Israel. They were...

October 20, 2017 10:07 am

It’s Time to Leave Your Comfort Zone

Earlier this week, I visited Buffalo, New York, where I was the keynote speaker at “Buffalo Celebrates Israel” -- a joint event organized by 22 evangelical churches...

October 4, 2017 1:20 pm

The Message of Sukkot: Spiritual Elevation Is a Process, Not a Switch

With each passing year, sukkah companies try and make it easier for you to build your sukkah. Today, you can buy a kit from a sukkah store, and...

September 15, 2017 12:15 pm

Judaism’s Lesson: Everything Is Possible

Self-help guru and best-selling author Louise Hay recently died in her sleep, at the age of 90. Born into poverty in Los Angeles in 1926, as...

September 8, 2017 11:06 am

Giving to Others Is the True Path to Happiness

It has become an axiom of modern civilization that happiness is crucial. Thomas Jefferson began the Declaration of Independence by asserting that everyone has certain “unalienable...

September 1, 2017 11:49 am

God’s Ultimate Gift to the Jewish People

Over the years, I have studiously avoided engaging in theological disputations. Anyone deeply committed to their religious faith is unlikely to be convinced by clever...

August 25, 2017 10:53 am

The Choice to Make Choices

We have a number of weddings coming up in my congregation. Therefore, I thought it would be wise to address the glaring contradiction that exists between a widely-held...

August 18, 2017 2:12 pm

Is Trump Right? Should Statues of General Lee Stay?

As a non-American living in the United States, I found this week’s political hurricane quite mystifying. Despite being familiar with the history the Civil War,...

August 11, 2017 3:42 pm

Why the Talmud Is the Most Important Text in Judaism

It is always assumed that the most important text of Judaism is the Torah. But while it is true that the Torah is uniquely revered...

August 4, 2017 12:57 pm

Why We Can Still Discover New Things About the Torah

One of the great puzzles of evolutionary theory concerns the existence of a human higher intelligence, and an innate desire for morality and ethics. Charles Darwin...

July 28, 2017 11:10 am

What Do Stories About Trump Say About the Media?

“The Inadvisable President." “5 Signs That Trump Knows He’s a Terrible President." “Donald Trump, Humiliator-in-Chief.” Headlines and articles communicating just how terrible the Trump presidency has...


What’s New — and Jewish — On and Off Broadway

Below is a listing of shows with Jewish connections on and off-Broadway. BROADWAY Angels in America, written by Tony Kushner, stars Nathan Lane and Andrew...

Australian Rock Star Nick Cave to Boycotters: ‘I Love Israel’ – Australian rock star Nick Cave is facing backlash from BDS supporters following...

A Contemporary Renaissance for Jewish Art

Every year, the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem hosts an open house, where the entire building is...


Iran Faces Israel’s Game-Changing Air Power

Iran has big plans to create a military outpost in Syria, right on Israel’s doorstep. From there, the Islamic Republic...

Israeli-American Group Seeks to Be ‘Glue,’ Not ‘Wedge,’ for US Jewry - As Jewish communal organizations throughout the US  struggle to maintain membership levels...


Looking to Increase Israeli Ventures, India Bids for Offshore Exploration R... - A consortium of Indian companies has applied for an Israeli Energy Ministry tender for offshore exploration licenses, signaling another...


Sunni Arab States Will Abandon Israel as US Abandoned the Kurds, Leading Is...

One of Israel's leading national security analysts has urged caution in assessing a potential alliance between the Jewish state and...

Middle East

At Least 235 Killed, 109 Injured in Deadly Egypt Mosque Attack

At least 184 people were killed and 125 injured when gunmen armed with explosives attacked a Sufi mosque in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula, according to officials quoted by the state...