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

ARTICLES BY: Pini Dunner

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...

July 21, 2017 12:24 pm

Take Whatever Opportunity You Can to Study Torah

Following the loss of its American colonies in 1783, Great Britain was forced to find alternative locations for its various colonial enterprises -- one of which was the...

July 14, 2017 10:17 am

The State of Israel Is the First Stage of the Messianic Era

One of the great mysteries of modern Jewish faith is the instinctive antipathy that certain segments of the most religiously observant Jews feel toward the existence...

July 7, 2017 10:43 am

Why I Celebrate UNESCO’s Anti-Israel Votes

“It is shameful that the Jewish people still has to fight for the right to exist in the land that for 33 centuries it has...

June 30, 2017 10:15 am

Why Rationalists Can Believe in Miracles

As if we are not cynical and jaded enough, enter the latest trend in fake news: the "miracle survivor" story that turns out to be a lie. This...

June 23, 2017 11:35 am

The ‘Roswell Incident’ Could Be True — But It Isn’t

Next month will mark the 70th anniversary of a notorious episode known as the "Roswell incident." In July 1947 -- at a remote site northwest of Roswell, New Mexico -- a...

June 16, 2017 1:26 pm

Avoiding the Dangers of Spiritual Groupthink

A couple of months ago, I wrote a column about the German-born social psychologist, Kurt Lewin (1890-1947). Although most people have never heard of him,...


Conan O’Brien Tries Winning Over Israeli Woman While Covered in Dead Sea Mud

Conan O'Brien shared on his late night talk show on Monday a video...

15,000 People Attend Largest-Ever Israeli Cultural Festival in Europe - The largest-ever Israeli cultural event in Europe, TLV in LDN, attracted some...

Israeli Movie ‘Foxtrot’ Wins Second Place Prize at Venice Film Festival - The Israeli film “Foxtrot” won the second-place Grand Jury Prize at the...


Iran Dramatically Increases Funding to Hezbollah in Wake of Nuclear Deal

Iran has drastically increased financial support for its Lebanese-based terrorist proxy Hezbollah since the Iran...

Group Offers US Business Students Real-Life Opportunities With Israeli Companies - Some 175 college students with the TAMID Group recently attended the organization’s...

Israel’s Efforts to Engage Arab World Achieve Results - Galvanized by the common threats of Iran and Islamic extremism, Israel and Sunni Arab states have seen an unexpected warming of relations in...


‘I Am a Jew,’ Czech President Milos Zeman Tells Algemeiner Gala

More than 600 guests at The Algemeiner's annual gala in New York City on Monday night sat enthralled by a speech from Czech President Miloš Zeman, in which he talked of his love...


Israel’s Southern Wall Proves 100 Percent Effective in Preventing Infiltr... - Not a single infiltration from the Sinai Peninsula into Israel was recorded over the past 12 months, Israel’s Population...

Middle East

Egypt Expert: Public Netanyahu-Sisi Meeting Likely Meant to Signal a Furthe...

Monday’s public sit-down in New York City between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was...