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

ARTICLES BY: Pini Dunner

February 19, 2021 11:56 am

The Truth About Self-Interest

The celebrated American novelist Veronica Roth, whose Divergent trilogy was successfully adapted into a series of blockbuster sci-fi movies, deliberately infused her best-known work with...

February 12, 2021 1:44 pm

Justice Denied Is God Denied

In the late 1880s, Charles “Andy” Hudspeth, a farmhand in Arkansas, made the mistake of becoming intimately involved with a married woman called Rebecca Watkins....

February 5, 2021 12:13 pm

The Jewish Nation: Proof That the Impossible Is Possible

William L. Rowe (1931–2015) was a distinguished professor of philosophy at Purdue University, who specialized in the philosophy of religion. Although he discovered and embraced...

January 29, 2021 9:00 am

Seize the Moment, But Look to the Future

“Seize the moment — remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart!” I absolutely love that quote, not just because it...

January 22, 2021 12:31 pm

Being a Righteous Jew Requires Showing Kindness to Others

Have you ever heard of Riceman? Probably not. He’s a YouTuber who will turn 28-years-old this Saturday. Born in Shanghai, China, his real name is...

January 15, 2021 12:33 pm

The Power of ‘Thank You’

The 19th-century British prime minister Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) is best remembered for his very focused personal ambition, coupled with his ability to allow political expediency...

January 8, 2021 12:11 pm

Why American Jews Must Oppose Election Lies and Conspiracy Theories

The violent invasion of Congress by a mob of pro-Trump supporters has sent a paroxysm of fear across the United States, and the world. A...

January 1, 2021 10:28 am

Goodbye to 2020, and Looking Hopefully Ahead

On the first night of Pesach, we begin our Seder by asking Mah Nishtana Halayla Hazeh Mikol Haleilot? -- “why is this night different from...

December 25, 2020 7:28 am

Why Today’s Pathological Lying Harms Us All

The iconoclastic social philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), in his book Beyond Good and Evil, made a pithy observation about lying and how it affects relationships:...

December 18, 2020 9:54 am

Knowledge Is Key, Opinion Is Ignorance

Allen Saunders (1899–1986) was an American writer, journalist, and cartoonist, best known for his syndicated comic strip Steve Roper and Mike Nomad. Less well-known is...

December 11, 2020 10:38 am

Hanukkah and the False Glory of Military Victories

One of the most-celebrated military victories in history took place in 1560. Known as the Battle of Okehazama, it was a decisive encounter of the...

December 4, 2020 8:54 am

On Judaism and the Importance of Relationships

Never have relationships been more important than they are right now, as the world around us ebbs and flows between collapse and regeneration. Our relationships...

November 27, 2020 6:48 am

Running Away Won’t Solve Your Problems

One of my yeshiva rabbis once told me: “there are two types of people in this world -- those who have problems, and those who...

November 20, 2020 10:14 am

Esau’s Callous Ambivalence in 2020

I love this quote from Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821): "Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." (Though I expect he wasn’t happy that...


‘Unorthodox’ Star Shira Haas Shares Throwback Purim Photo From Childhood

Israeli actress Shira Haas shared with her Instagram followers on Thursday a photo...

Genesis Prize Foundation to Honor Life and Legacy of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks - The Genesis Prize Foundation announced plans to honor the late prominent...


Israeli Locust Slayers Train Ethiopians to Save Crops - Some call it a plague. Yoav Motro calls it a war. The enemies are the huge armies of desert...

An Israeli Soldier Gives His All for Lonely Senior Citizens - “Between 11th and 12th grade, after a tough fencing session, I saw a television report about all these...

Why the UAE Wants Israeli Help to Secure Its Food Supplies - Food security is emerging as a key area in which the United Arab Emirates is eager for Israeli...


Tulsa Police Search for Two Suspects for Vandalism of Holocaust Memorial St...

Police in Tulsa, Oklahoma are searching for two suspects who destroyed statues dedicated to child victims of the Holocaust at...


Israel Halts Transfer of Vaccines to Other Nations

i24 News – Israel will halt all transfer of coronavirus vaccines to foreign states with immediate effect, health officials said on Thursday. The announcement follows a statement by Defense Minister and...

Middle East

Israel, Bahrain Leaders Discuss Iran, Possible Vaccine Plant

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahrain's Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa on Thursday discussed Iran and the possible involvement of the Gulf state in establishing a vaccine...

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