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

ARTICLES BY: Pini Dunner

October 15, 2021 10:12 am

We Can Learn Most From Those Who Are Different From Us

Devaki Raj is the CEO and co-founder of CrowdAI, an artificial-intelligence startup that “enables anyone to create high quality solutions to analyze imagery and video.”...

October 8, 2021 11:43 am

If You Don’t Put Others First, You’ll Harm Yourself

A favorite assignment topic of history lecturers is to ask students to compare and contrast two great historical figures, to see where each of them...

October 1, 2021 10:54 am

Aleph and Beit

This week, an article in The Atlantic grabbed my eye. It described the enigmatic sacoglossa sea slugs that harvest energy from the sun’s rays, by photosynthesizing ingested algae cells....

September 17, 2021 10:01 am

Why We Need Sukkot

After watching the recent Afghanistan debacle unfold, I could not help but be reminded of the Suez Crisis of 1956 — with a sense of...

September 10, 2021 11:31 am

Why Do Jewish ‘Days’ Start at Night?

Every Yom Kippur, in synagogues across the world, there are people you never see the rest of the year. In my view, this is a...

September 3, 2021 12:21 pm

The Greatest Act in the World Is to Do Someone a Favor

There is no question that the primary focus of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, as well as the intermediate days, is “teshuva.” Usually translated as...

August 27, 2021 1:08 pm

Learning Never Ends

Over the past week, schools across the United States reopened for in-person learning, anticipating the first uninterrupted academic year since 2018-19. But while just a...

August 13, 2021 1:48 pm

Why Judaism Requires Action on Climate Change

Although the issues of global warming and climate change are already familiar to us, it was not until this week that the indisputable facts of...

August 6, 2021 11:26 am

Jews Must Search for the Silver Lining

Over the past year-and-a-half, as the COVID-19 pandemic has relentlessly unfolded, we have all faced countless ups-and-downs -- hopeful glimpses of sunlight that are soon dashed...

July 30, 2021 11:36 am

As Jews, Our Fate Is in Our Hands

The noted American gossip columnist Earl Wilson (1907-1987) was the author of countless pithy one-liners — far too many to quote. But just to give...

July 23, 2021 12:10 pm

Our Loving Relationship With God

This Shabbat is ‘Tu Be’Av’ — the 15th day of the Jewish month of Av — an obscure Jewish festival day when we highlight the...

July 16, 2021 11:55 am

Are Haredi Hard-Line Policies Undermining the State of Israel?

One of the most startling narratives of the Talmud concerns Rabbi Yohanan ben Zakkai, the rabbinic leader of Jerusalem’s Jews during the devastating Roman siege...

July 9, 2021 11:46 am

Defending Israel With Our Lives

This past week, I visited Israel together with my wife Sabine — and it was a truly exhilarating experience. Although this was hardly our first visit...

June 25, 2021 1:28 pm

Remembering My Father, and the Promise of One Jewish Life

This week marks 10 years since the passing of my dear father, Avraham Moshe ben Yosef Tzvi HaLevi z”l, at the age of 73. Known universally...


Iranian Supertanker Departing from Venezuela to Transport Heavy Oil

i24 News – An Iran-flagged supertanker on Saturday was about to set sail from Venezuelan waters carrying 2 million barrels of heavy crude provided by state-run oil firm PDVSA, Reuters...


Israeli Health Ministry Chief Upholds Mask Mandate Despite Ease of COVID Cu...

i24 News — On Friday, Israel's Health Ministry Director-General Nachman Ash reassured that Israel can continue the easing of COVID...

Middle East

Iran Court Upholds Jail Term for UK-Iranian Aid Worker, Lawyer Says

An Iranian appeals court has upheld a one-year prison term for British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe on security offenses, her lawyer was quoted by an Iranian news website as saying...

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