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

ARTICLES BY: Pini Dunner

November 9, 2018 7:06 am

Respect History, but Forge a New Path

This week saw the launch of my debut book, Mavericks, Mystics & False Messiahs, marking the end of a long and enjoyable literary journey. Late last...

November 2, 2018 11:02 am

What’s Needed Now Is Jewish Unity

Tragedy can bring out the best in people, and it can also bring out the worst. After the horrific massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh...

October 26, 2018 12:37 pm

The Story of Lot — and the Two-State Solution

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” We’ve all heard that quote dozens, if not hundreds, of...

October 19, 2018 10:37 am

Lech Lecha: How Abraham Learned to Speak

In the summer of 1725, a group of hunters near Hamelin, Lower Saxony, spotted a strange looking creature, unlike any animal they had ever seen...

October 12, 2018 10:52 am

These Religious Fanatics Are Like Noah, Not Abraham

A couple of weeks ago, several hundred ultra-Orthodox anti-Zionists demonstrated outside the United Nations during the intermediate days of Sukkot, while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...

October 5, 2018 7:14 am

The Lessons of Adam and Eve

I don’t expect that you have heard of Dr. Ian Walker, a professor at Bath University in England. Usually described by the media as a “traffic...

September 28, 2018 7:42 am

The Secret of Simchat Torah Revealed

There is a maxim in Jewish ritual law that prohibits mixing two distinct expressions of joy -- a rule known as “Ein Me’arvin Simcha Besimcha.”...

September 21, 2018 6:43 am

Ari Fuld’s Message and Life Will Last

In March 2015, I received an email from Ari Fuld. A mutual friend had suggested that Ari get in touch with me, as he was...

September 14, 2018 8:34 am

A Message of Hope for the Future

The late Stanley Abramovitch, who passed away five years ago without much fanfare, was one of the 20th century’s great Jewish heroes. You will be forgiven for...

August 31, 2018 12:37 pm

Ki Tavo: The Pursuit of Happiness

How does one measure happiness? It seems like a simple question, but as it turns out, there is no simple answer. Researchers struggle to define happiness,...

August 24, 2018 11:29 am

The Nature vs. Nurture Debate Revisited

In 1883, the sociologist polymath Sir Francis Galton published his celebrated work on human behavior, Inquiries Into Human Faculty And Its Development, which incorporated his...

August 17, 2018 6:32 am

Jeremy Corbyn’s Antisemitism Isn’t Even the Worst of It

The last time that I wrote about Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the UK’s Labour Party, was over two years ago. At the time Corbyn...

August 10, 2018 11:31 am

Do We Have Free Will? And Does It Matter?

One of the major topics tackled by Greek philosophy is the existence of free will. Are human beings capable of making choices, or are their choices determined by...

August 3, 2018 10:14 am

Abraham Lincoln’s Secret Weapon

Earlier this week, at a raucous rally in Florida, President Trump cited a poll that he claimed showed him to be the most popular Republican...


Devastated California Jewish Communities Fight Fire with Light - Their voices filled with emotion, Chabad rabbis from across California made clear their determination to help people in...

Trauma and Terror: The View From Israel’s South

The sound of crunching under my feet made me wince. Amidst the debris, lay the belongings of the residents of a four-story...


German Neo-Nazis Use New WhatsApp Stickers Option to Spread Antisemitic Ima...

German far-right and neo-Nazi groups are exploiting the text application WhatsApp's new option to create custom stickers in order to...


Netanyahu Avoids Early Israel Elections for Now After Minister’s Abou...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday avoided an early election for now after a coalition partner backed away from...

Middle East

Jordanian MP Who Praised Murder of Seven Israeli Schoolgirls Feted in UK Pa...

A Jordanian Member of Parliament who hailed the murder of seven Israeli schoolgirls in 1997 was feted in the British...