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

ARTICLES BY: Pini Dunner

March 22, 2019 9:58 am

The Story of Purim: A Tale of Two Choices

The story of Purim, as recorded in Megillat Esther, is a very unusual religious scripture. Many aspects of the narrative make no sense when considered from a...

March 15, 2019 1:28 pm

The Torah Requires Holding Leaders Accountable

In a Washington Post interview this past Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed unequivocally that she is “not for impeachment” of President Donald Trump. Despite a...

March 8, 2019 1:13 pm

Why Human Beings Are Always a Work in Progress

On April 12, 1945, the Russian-born American artist Elizabeth Shoumatoff began work on a portrait at a sleepy private vacation retreat in Warm Springs, Georgia, known...

March 1, 2019 10:54 am

How We Can Truly Hear God’s Words

In October 2010, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology published a fascinating article about the remarkable linguistic synergy that exists between couples who are...

February 22, 2019 10:14 am

The Beauty of Tefillin

A few weeks ago, at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, our youngest son Uri put his tefillin on for the first time. In May, he will...

February 15, 2019 10:04 am

Once a High Priest or President, Always a High Priest or President

On December 5, 2018, four former US presidents and their wives attended the funeral of George H.W. Bush in Washington DC -- Jimmy and Rosalynn...

February 8, 2019 5:14 pm

Charity Is in Your Heart, Not Your Wallet

Some years ago, I came across an article that began with this rather startling statement: “If you raise money for charity, you're probably oppressing someone.” The...

February 1, 2019 11:24 am

Sight and the Beauty of Torah

I have just returned from Israel, where I spent an exhilarating week with my family. During our short visit, we visited many places and met a...

January 18, 2019 11:58 am

How Shabbat Observance Has Preserved the Jewish People

Sometime in the 18th century, a group of Russian-Orthodox Christians revolted against the strict hierarchical religious environment of Russian-Orthodoxy and embraced Judaism -- or at...

January 11, 2019 10:37 am

Why Israel Is Not Enough: Jews Must Now Seek Spiritual Redemption

Earlier this week, in the final lecture of this season’s Jewish History series at my synagogue in Beverly Hills, I recalled the life of Rabbi...

December 26, 2018 8:30 am

Immigration, Trump and Pharaoh

As the row over President Trump’s border wall gathers pace, with thousands of Central Americans camped in Tijuana on the Mexican-American border, and the president...

December 21, 2018 10:06 am

An Education in Jewish Education

You will probably have heard about the controversy raging over general studies at Orthodox Jewish day schools that has erupted in New York over the...

December 14, 2018 1:52 pm

The Story of Joseph, the Holocaust, and Why Forgiveness Requires Closure

In 1976, the famous Holocaust survivor and Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal published a small book called The Sunflower. The book was inspired by a troubling and...

December 7, 2018 11:37 am

And Finally, the Miracle of Hanukkah

You will be forgiven for never having heard of Chaim Selig Slonimsky. A minor celebrity in 19th century Eastern Europe, he was an avuncular man with...


Patriots Owner Kraft Apologizes in First Statement Since Charges

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft apologized on Saturday in his first public statement since he was charged for soliciting...

Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner Give Hamentashen to White House Reporters for Purim

Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner gave hamentashen to White House reporters on Wednesday for...


Albert Einstein’s Brilliance, Humor, and Literal Connection to Israel

JNS.org - One thing is for sure: While the writing on the pages...

Jewish Singer Uses Music to Get Through a Rocky Road

In the age of streaming music, releasing an album with 21 songs might not be the best business move. Giving...

Volunteers Bond with Residents at ‘Special’ Center in the Negev

JNS.org - When Nina Paul first visited ALEH Negev Nahalat-Eran several years ago,...

Middle East

Sources: Royal Adviser Fired Over Khashoggi Murder Absent From Saudi Trial

A Saudi royal adviser fired over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is not among the 11 suspects on trial at secretive hearings in Riyadh despite Saudi pledges to bring...