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

ARTICLES BY: Pini Dunner

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...

February 10, 2017 4:14 am

The Constitution, Shabbat and the Purpose of Limitations

Just three weeks into the new administration in Washington, calls to impeach President Donald Trump have already begun. James C. Nelson, a retired Montana Supreme...

February 3, 2017 5:10 am

The Pharoah’s Lesson on Addiction

One of modern psychology’s most researched topics is the phenomenon of addiction. We certainly know more about it today than at any point in human history....

January 27, 2017 6:13 am

Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem May Save the Temple Mount

This past Monday, I arrived in Israel to begin a whirlwind tour with 30 millennial Evangelical pastors from across the United States. All but two of them...

January 20, 2017 6:05 am

Responding to the Paris ‘Peace’ Conference

Last Sunday, officials from 70 countries gathered together in Paris for a one-day conference to discuss the future of the moribund Middle East peace process. The...

January 15, 2017 7:04 am

Protesting Lithuania’s Plans to Build a Convention Center Over a Jewish Cemetery

One of the contemporary Jewish world’s most impressive yet unsung scholars is the unassuming Professor Shnayer Leiman of New York. Aside from being an ordained Orthodox...

January 6, 2017 2:44 am

The Rebirth of Hebrew

One of the most remarkable phenomena to have occurred in modern times is the rebirth of Hebrew as a spoken language. Although Hebrew was painstakingly...

December 22, 2016 7:16 am

Our Relationship With God Is Why We Exist

Earlier this week, Jack Kagan passed away in London, at the age of 87. I don’t imagine you’ve ever heard his name. He was an...

December 16, 2016 5:46 am

Our Shameful Inaction in Syria

The destruction of Aleppo in Syria and the wanton murder of its citizens has once again been dominating the news. This ancient city is purportedly...


Chutzpah and High Heels: A Sad, Funny, True Story

Chutzpah & High Heels, by Jessica Fishman. 317 pages. Yotzeret Publishing. $15.95. In her new book, Jessica Fishman gives us an...

New Documentary Details Extraordinary Holocaust Escape - The mission to tell the world the story of Jack Kagan's risky escape from a Nazi labor camp consumed Kagan and...

Israeli President Rivlin Witnesses Jewish State’s Technology in Action in Vietnam Israeli President Reuven Rivlin this week visited the Southeast Asian nation of Vietnam,...


As Recreational Use Clears Hurdle, Medical Cannabis Rides High in Israel - Beyond the scent of cannabis drifting through the venue, there was an extra...

‘Jesus’s Tomb’ Shrine Unveiled After Painstaking Restoration Efforts in Jerusalem - After several months of meticulous restoration work, the shrine that...

Hezbollah Uses Terror Recruitment to Threaten Israel - When it comes to the threat posed by Hezbollah, Israelis often worry about rocket attacks or other conventional arms. But...


Israeli Defense Minister Lieberman Hints at Keeping Previous Vow to Assass...

“Talk to me about [former Hamas Prime Minister Ismayil] Haniyeh at the end of my term,” Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor...

Middle East

Iran Sanctions 15 US Companies for Alleged Collusion With Israel

Iran has imposed sanctions on 15 U.S. companies for alleged human rights violations and cooperating with Israel, the state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday, in a tit-for-tat reaction to...