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

ARTICLES BY: Pini Dunner

May 26, 2017 10:49 am

This Year, in Jerusalem

The most famous image of the reclamation of Jerusalem in June 1967 is undoubtedly the iconic photo, taken by the late David Rubinger, of three...

May 19, 2017 11:13 am

Why We Observe the Torah When We Don’t Have To

Jews have lived in the biblical Land of Israel, uninterrupted, for thousands of years. For much of that time, Jewish life was confined to small communities...

May 12, 2017 11:58 am

Why Rabbi Akiba’s Disciples Were a Threat to the System

For more than a thousand years after the Exodus from Egypt, the greatest threat to monotheism was polytheism -- better known to us as idolatry. This form...

May 5, 2017 11:50 am

Being a ‘Good Person’ Is Not the Be All and End All

There has always been an inclination among Jews to present contemporary political views as being in line with Judaism and Jewish teachings. Perhaps the most...

April 28, 2017 10:57 am

What the Torah Teaches Us About Childbirth

This week, a remarkable breakthrough in the field of premature childbirth was announced. An artificial womb -- a plastic sac, filled with temperature controlled amniotic fluid...

April 21, 2017 2:19 pm

Why Pesach and Shavuot Are Both Necessary

It is an axiom of the American national narrative that in 1776, citizens of the 13 colonies declared themselves independent of Great Britain, King George III and his...

April 9, 2017 9:42 pm

Jewish Enemies — Then and Now

The issue of Jewish collaboration with the Nazis is probably the most challenging aspect of Holocaust history for Jews. The idea that Jews cooperated with...

April 2, 2017 6:45 am

Would You Hear the Call of God?

It's highly unlikely that you have heard of Angel and Carmen Perez. Indeed, until a short time ago, I had never heard of them either. The Perezes were recovering...

March 24, 2017 6:19 am

Why People Must Learn From Other People

Anyone who uses an iPhone is familiar with the silvery voice of “Siri” -- an electronic personal assistant that (who?) responds to questions. You can ask Siri...

March 17, 2017 6:27 am

Explaining God’s Absence — and How to Find Him

Earlier this week, an official in France’s far-right National Front party was suspended after footage emerged of him denying the magnitude of the Holocaust. In the...

March 10, 2017 7:38 am

Purim’s Warning for Modern-Day Antisemitism

The United States has seen a surge in antisemitic activity that is unprecedented in modern times. Bomb threats against Jewish community centers, desecrated cemeteries, offensive graffiti and social...

March 3, 2017 7:11 am

Jews Must Be in Constant Dialogue With Our Past

One of the most significant pioneers of psychology in the 20th century was a German-Jewish immigrant to the US named Kurt Lewin. He was born...

February 26, 2017 7:27 am

The True Objectives of Charity

Did you know that the unlimited charitable tax deduction on individual tax returns is in danger of being gutted by Congress and President Trump? The Urban-Brookings Tax Policy...

February 19, 2017 7:36 am

The Boundary-Breaking Meeting Between Trump and Netanyahu

The scenes in Washington, DC last Wednesday were nothing short of astounding. Whatever your political leanings, and however you feel about President Donald Trump or Prime Minister...


Why Aren’t Muslim Countries Helping the Palestinians? - Why aren’t Muslim countries leading givers to the Palestinian cause? That question has renewed relevance after a United Nations agency’s...

Democrats, Jewish Groups and Trump Protest Palestinian Terror Payments - Prominent Democrats and major US Jewish organizations are joining President Donald Trump and...

Israel’s First-Ever Malt Whisky to Go on Sale in June - The Tel Aviv-based Milk & Honey Distillery (M&H) recently unveiled its first-ever malt whisky on World Whisky Day (May...


Manchester Attack: Hunt for Possible 2nd Bomb Under Way

Investigators have uncovered signs the suicide bomber at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester may have made a second explosive device that's still missing, local media reported Friday. The suspicion of...


UN, Norwegian Government, Distance Themselves From Palestinian Youth Center...

The United Nations and the Norwegian government have moved swiftly to distance themselves from a Palestinian youth center named after...

Middle East

UN Warns of ‘Walking Into Another Gaza Crisis With Eyes Wide OpenR...

The United Nations Middle East envoy warned the Security Council on Friday that a power struggle between the rival Palestinian...