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

ARTICLES BY: Pini Dunner

September 21, 2018 6:43 am

Ari Fuld’s Message and Life Will Last

In March 2015, I received an email from Ari Fuld. A mutual friend had suggested that Ari get in touch with me, as he was...

September 14, 2018 8:34 am

A Message of Hope for the Future

The late Stanley Abramovitch, who passed away five years ago without much fanfare, was one of the 20th century’s great Jewish heroes. You will be forgiven for...

August 31, 2018 12:37 pm

Ki Tavo: The Pursuit of Happiness

How does one measure happiness? It seems like a simple question, but as it turns out, there is no simple answer. Researchers struggle to define happiness,...

August 24, 2018 11:29 am

The Nature vs. Nurture Debate Revisited

In 1883, the sociologist polymath Sir Francis Galton published his celebrated work on human behavior, Inquiries Into Human Faculty And Its Development, which incorporated his...

August 17, 2018 6:32 am

Jeremy Corbyn’s Antisemitism Isn’t Even the Worst of It

The last time that I wrote about Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the UK’s Labour Party, was over two years ago. At the time Corbyn...

August 10, 2018 11:31 am

Do We Have Free Will? And Does It Matter?

One of the major topics tackled by Greek philosophy is the existence of free will. Are human beings capable of making choices, or are their choices determined by...

August 3, 2018 10:14 am

Abraham Lincoln’s Secret Weapon

Earlier this week, at a raucous rally in Florida, President Trump cited a poll that he claimed showed him to be the most popular Republican...

July 27, 2018 9:53 am

For the Love of God, Don’t Arrest Your Opponents

Last Thursday, Israeli police detained Dov Haiyun, rabbi of the Conservative Moriah Congregation in Haifa, after a complaint was filed at the Haifa Rabbinical Court...

July 20, 2018 10:12 am

The Jewish State Must Remain Jewish

A wide range of international voices reacted with outrage to the legislation passed this week in Israel that defines the country as the nation-state of...

July 13, 2018 12:32 pm

Why We Must Commemorate and Honor the Past

Earlier this week, a large group attended the final lecture in my spring/summer Jewish history series, to hear about “The Wild Wild West: Orthodox Jewish...

July 6, 2018 11:28 am

The Secret of the Teachers Who Inspire Us

Most of us have heard the quote from writer William Arthur Ward: “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great...

June 29, 2018 12:08 pm

Isaac Herzog Is a Great Choice to Lead the Jewish Agency

Last Thursday, the leader of Israel’s Knesset opposition, Isaac Herzog, was appointed the new chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel -- the largest Jewish non-profit...

June 15, 2018 1:17 pm

The Torah — and Trump’s Embrace of a Dictator

This week we witnessed momentous and unprecedented scenes in Singapore -- as the president of the United States sat down with the leader of North...

June 8, 2018 8:38 am

Beware of God-Believing Heresy

Earlier this week, thousands of Satmar Hasidim gathered at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island for an event led by the Satmar Rebbe, Rabbi Aron Teitelbaum. The...


Yeshiva University Grad Writes Book to Help Children Understand Death

What should parents tell their children when a loved one dies? It’s a...

New England Patriots Star Shares Western Wall Photo With Jewish High Holidays Message

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman posted pictures of himself in Israel, including...


A Look at the Candidates to Become Jerusalem’s Next Mayor - The late Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek used to say that if one wanted to uproot and replant a tree...

Faith and Fasting: A Look at the Practice Ahead of Yom Kippur - Fasting is the most commonly known Yom Kippur ritual. According to a 2016 Pew survey, 40% of American...

A New Generation of Galvanized Young Jews Fight Antisemitism on Campus - IfNotNow (INN) has a plan. It’s determined, according to its website, to...


Act Against ‘Any Whiff’ of Resurgent Antisemitism, Pope Says

Pope Francis paid tribute on Sunday to Jews killed by the Nazis and victims of murder and deportation by the Soviet KGB, in twin visits to memorials marking the darkest...


Israeli Expert Fears Russia Seeking to ‘Change Rules of the Game̵...

Veteran Israeli analysts believe President Vladimir Putin is exploiting the downing of a Russian plane in order to change the...

Middle East

Iran Revolutionary Guards Threaten to Avenge Military Parade Attack

Iran's Revolutionary Guards vowed on Sunday to wreak "deadly and unforgettable" vengeance for a shooting attack on a military parade that killed 25 people, including 12 of their comrades, and...