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

ARTICLES BY: Pini Dunner

July 10, 2020 8:52 am

Parshat Pinchas and the Need for Strong Action

On Thursday morning, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) declared in a landmark ruling that a huge tract of land in eastern Oklahoma...

July 3, 2020 9:54 am

A Trip to Israel During Coronavirus Yields Some Lessons

Earlier this week, after months of self-imposed quarantine and rigidly adhered-to social distancing, I abandoned caution and flew with my son Meir to Israel, so...

June 26, 2020 10:06 am

Korah and Moses: Not All Views and Histories Are Worth Venerating

Judging historical figures along with the movements or ideals they launched and promoted is not an easy task. Decades, even centuries, may pass before there...

June 19, 2020 11:18 am

Korach and the Failure of Anarchy

Those familiar with the history of British cinema will certainly have heard of a genre of films known as the Ealing Comedies, a series of...

June 12, 2020 9:54 am

Black Lives Matter: The Movement vs. The Goals

It’s hard for me to get behind the official Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. No, not my words, but the words of Barbara Reynolds, an...

June 5, 2020 8:24 am

George Floyd Protests Show Something Is Wrong — and We Must Fix It

Aficionados of Talmud study will know that it is often one key concept or thesis that will unlock a dense discussion of complex or obscure...

May 28, 2020 6:52 am

We Don’t Need to Understand the Whole Torah to Embrace It

Socrates, the father of Greek philosophy, is reported by Plato to have declared: “If I know one thing, it is that I know nothing.” This...

May 22, 2020 10:06 am

The Torah, Face Masks and Jewish Individuality

I would wager that until March of this year, many of us had never heard of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the federal...

May 15, 2020 8:24 am

COVID-19: Let’s Prove Hobbes Wrong

Earlier this week, I stumbled across an absolutely remarkable article in The Guardian: “The real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were...

May 8, 2020 8:06 am

Our Response to Coronavirus Must Be Selflessness Toward Others

One of the 17th century’s greatest intellectual celebrities was Sir Isaac Newton, a central figure of what we now refer to as the Scientific Revolution,...

May 1, 2020 10:02 am

Where Are Orthodox Leaders on Unacceptable Coronavirus Behavior?

To be perfectly frank, until earlier this week, I had never heard the name Rabbi Chaim Mertz. And truthfully, nor would I have heard of...

April 24, 2020 11:54 am

Celebrating Life Amid the Presence of Death

We live in dystopian times. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper. Then I...

April 7, 2020 8:14 am

The Actions of Some Haredi Leaders on Coronavirus Are Inexcusable

There have been countless unnecessary deaths and critical infections in the Orthodox Jewish community during the coronavirus pandemic. There, I said it. You’re all thinking it, but...

March 30, 2020 5:58 am

When the Lubavitcher Rebbe Self-Quarantined for Seder

One of the issues that has been coming up again and again in the past week during phone calls I have been having with my...


The Overnight Camp Summer That Wasn’t - Dahlia Jones was looking forward to this summer. For six years, she’s been attending Eisner Camp, and this...

Jewish Day Schools Adapt to COVID-19 - On a recent June night, 25 people, primarily young children, sat on their couches and watched as a...


In a First, Trump Dons Masks in Visit to a Military Medical Facility

President Donald Trump, who has avoided wearing a mask in public even as the coronavirus pandemic spread, donned one on Saturday at a military medical facility outside Washington where he...


Bank of Israel Sees 2020 Budget Deficit 13% of GDP, Backs New Aid Package

Bank of Israel Governor Amir Yaron on Sunday threw his support behind a second stimulus package to help those hurt by the coronavirus outbreak despite the extra spending that is...

Middle East

On Fifth Attempt, UN Security Council Renews Syria Aid Via Turkey

The United Nations Security Council on Saturday approved aid deliveries to Syria through one border crossing from Turkey, a day after its authorization for the six-year-long humanitarian operation ended, leaving...

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