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

ARTICLES BY: Pini Dunner

January 19, 2018 11:19 am

Family and Community: The Secrets of Jewish Endurance

The arrest of David and Louise Turpin in Perris, California, earlier this week was immediately followed by details of one of the most disturbing news stories...

January 12, 2018 10:54 am

When Is a Secret Not a Secret?

The infamous bon-vivant, Anthony Haden-Guest, is purported to have once told a friend: “Of course I can keep secrets; it’s the people I tell them...

January 5, 2018 11:08 am

Human Wisdom vs. Divine Wisdom

This coming Monday, I will be delivering a lecture on Moses Maimonides --  surely one of the most fascinating Jewish personalities of the past 1,000 years. The...

December 29, 2017 10:21 am

The Power of an Oath

Over the past few decades, a new area of psychological research has emerged that has changed the way that psychologists understand a very familiar aspect of human...

December 25, 2017 8:52 am

What Really Separates Humans From Animals

Animals communicating with each other -- and with humans -- have always been a feature of literary fiction. Over the last century, this has spilled...

December 15, 2017 1:14 pm

The Story of Joseph, Hanukkah — and Finding the Light

Although ancient Egypt and ancient Greece coexisted for well over a millennium, they were different in almost every respect. Egyptian civilization emerged at the dawn...

December 8, 2017 12:22 pm

Finding God in the Darkest Times

My late grandfather, Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Dunner (1913-2007), was a remarkable man. Born in Cologne, Germany, his family was devoutly orthodox in an era when...

December 1, 2017 1:08 pm

Don’t Idly Dismiss Danger

In his memoirs, the controversial Danish politician Karl Kristian Steincke presented a collection of particularly ridiculous parliamentary gaffes that he had noted over the years....

November 26, 2017 7:32 pm

Every Human Being Makes an Impact

This past Sunday evening, I received a phone call from a friend to ask whether I could conduct the funeral of a distant relative the following day....

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...


‘No Resting Place: Holocaust Poland’ Sears and Stuns as It Probes

"No Resting Place: Holocaust Poland," by Rick Halperin and Denise Gee; photographs by...


IDF Prepares for New High-Tech Home in Southern Israel’s ‘Silicon Wadi’ - The IDF is gearing up for a major relocation to southern Israel,...

Longtime Supporters of Peace Process: Abbas Is Disqualified as Negotiating Partner - Some prominent Jewish proponents of the decades-long peace process between Israel and...

Israel’s Wine Industry Grows Better With Age - Israeli winemakers say that, just like the beverage they produce, their industry is growing better with age. More than...


French Jewish Representatives Demand ‘Zero Tolerance’ for Antis...

The representative body of Jews in France has called on the government to take "all necessary measures" to deter further antisemitic...


Israeli PM Netanyahu Welcomes ‘Great Friend of Israel’ US Vice ...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warmly welcomed the arrival in Israel on Sunday of US Vice President Mike Pence. "This evening...

Middle East

Jordan’s King Tells Pence US Must Rebuild Trust After Jerusalem Decis...

Jordan's King Abdullah told US Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday he looked to Washington to rebuild "trust and confidence"...