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

ARTICLES BY: Pini Dunner

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...

June 1, 2018 9:37 am

The Narrow-Minded View of History

Afua Hirsch is a British lawyer and journalist -- born to a Jewish father whose family escaped Nazi Berlin in 1938, and an Ashanti Ghanaian...

May 25, 2018 2:13 pm

Despite Our Differences, We Are All the Same

From time to time, producers in Hollywood opt for movies that depict the closed world of ultra-Orthodox Jews. Some of these films have become icons...

May 18, 2018 10:36 am

The Triumphant Message of Naomi in The Book of Ruth

For many Holocaust survivors, Shavuot was their first festival after liberation from concentration camps. One of the first people to encounter the emaciated survivors was...

May 11, 2018 10:38 am

Moving the Embassy Was Predicted 2,500 Years Ago

In March 2016, I was at AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., when the presumptive Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, vowed to “move the American...

May 4, 2018 12:27 pm

The Mark of True Leadership

This week, we were offered two demonstrations of leadership in the face of adversity -- and they could not have been more different. On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister...

April 27, 2018 1:05 pm

Kedoshim: How to Agree to Disagree

The most significant political revolution of the modern era is the idea that dissent is not rebellion. The prevailing view for thousands of years was...

April 20, 2018 12:57 pm

Israel at 70: A Prophecy Fulfilled

In 1867, a young man named Samuel Langhorne Clemens set sail from New York, bound for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Clemens is better known...

April 13, 2018 10:56 am

If Pork Is Kosher, Has the Messiah Arrived?

The latest kashrut scandal to hit the news is not what you might expect. A couple of weeks ago, in an interview in Israel’s widest-read daily...


A Brilliant ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ in Yiddish

Why is this Fiddler different than all others? I’ll tell you. Fiddler on the Roof is arguably the most important Jewish contribution to musical theater....

Israel Gets Set to Land Its First Spacecraft on the Moon - "Houston, the Eagle has landed” will soon be a common refrain for Israelis. While famed entrepreneur Elon Musk sent...

The Integration Between Israeli and American Jews in New Jersey - Rather than a classroom setting, New Jersey middle and high school students participating in the Israeli-American Council’s (IAC)...


Israeli Company’s Delivery Drone May Soon Take Flight in North Caroli...

An Israeli technology company that created a drone, designed to deliver food and other consumer goods to residential areas, is...

Middle East

Hamas Refuses to Work With Greenblatt, Kushner, Calling Them ‘Spokesm... – Hamas has rejected working with the United States on fostering peace between Gaza and Israel on Friday, despite...