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

ARTICLES BY: Pini Dunner

July 21, 2017 12:24 pm

Take Whatever Opportunity You Can to Study Torah

Following the loss of its American colonies in 1783, Great Britain was forced to find alternative locations for its various colonial enterprises -- one of which was the...

July 14, 2017 10:17 am

The State of Israel Is the First Stage of the Messianic Era

One of the great mysteries of modern Jewish faith is the instinctive antipathy that certain segments of the most religiously observant Jews feel toward the existence...

July 7, 2017 10:43 am

Why I Celebrate UNESCO’s Anti-Israel Votes

“It is shameful that the Jewish people still has to fight for the right to exist in the land that for 33 centuries it has...

June 30, 2017 10:15 am

Why Rationalists Can Believe in Miracles

As if we are not cynical and jaded enough, enter the latest trend in fake news: the "miracle survivor" story that turns out to be a lie. This...

June 23, 2017 11:35 am

The ‘Roswell Incident’ Could Be True — But It Isn’t

Next month will mark the 70th anniversary of a notorious episode known as the "Roswell incident." In July 1947 -- at a remote site northwest of Roswell, New Mexico -- a...

June 16, 2017 1:26 pm

Avoiding the Dangers of Spiritual Groupthink

A couple of months ago, I wrote a column about the German-born social psychologist, Kurt Lewin (1890-1947). Although most people have never heard of him,...

June 9, 2017 2:20 pm

True Self-Esteem Is Earned, Not Given

We recently marked the second anniversary of the death of a colorful California politician: Assemblyman John Vasconcellos. If Vasconcellos is remembered at all, it is for his...

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...


Jewish Giants Player Talks About Judaism, His Hebrew Tattoo and Kosher Food Cravings

An offensive lineman for the New York Giants talked about his Jewish heritage, Hebrew...

New Musical in New York Recalls Masada

In the 1500s, the Spaniards invaded Puerto Rico, enslaving and slaughtering the native Taíno people -- some of whom chose to escape...


Halamish Terror Attack Signals New Escalation of Violence

JNS.org - A Palestinian terrorist fatally stabbed an Israeli father and two of his adult children on Friday night in the...

US Jewish Leaders From Right to Left Back Metal Detectors on Temple Mount

JNS.org - There is a broad consensus among American Jewish leaders in support of...

Canadian Islamist Groups Lose Charity Status Over Potential Militant Financing

Canadian authorities have stripped two former affiliates of the Islamic Society of North America's Canada...


Israel to Build $3.9 Million Memorial Honoring Zionist Pioneer Jabotinsky

JNS.org - The Israeli cabinet on Sunday approved plans to build a memorial for Revisionist Zionist leader Ze'ev Jabotinsky in Jerusalem. Expected to cost some 14 million shekels ($3.9 million), the memorial...

Middle East

Turkey’s President Erdogan Urges All Muslims to ‘Visit’ a...

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday urged all Muslims to visit and protect Jerusalem after violence broke out over...