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

ARTICLES BY: Pini Dunner

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...

December 4, 2018 6:43 am

The Power of Dreams

Last week, I attended the benefactor screening of "Never Stop Dreaming," a new movie about the life of Shimon Peres produced by Moriah Films, a...

November 23, 2018 9:57 am

Carrying on the Legacy of the Past

Last Thursday, I crept quietly into a room at my daughter’s apartment in New York to catch my first glimpse of our first grandchild, a...

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.”...


Edelman Cleats in Memory of Pittsburgh Shooting Victims Sell for $10,000 - Specialized cleats worn by New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman...

Patriots Owner Robert Kraft to be Awarded ‘Jewish Nobel’ - New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft will be awarded what Time magazine has dubbed the “Jewish Nobel:” the Genesis Prize, one...


Meet the Two Most Optimistic People in the Entire Middle East

“You are sitting here, probably, with the two most optimistic people probably in the entire Middle East,” says Sami Saadi,...

Places to Visit in Israel If You Really Want to Learn Its History

Are you or a family member traveling to Israel in 2019? Are you looking for something more than the average...

In New Initiative, Yad Vashem Tackles 21st Century Antisemitism - It is American teachers like Lori Fulton who, with their commitment to Holocaust education, are poised to be...


Assassinated Polish Mayor Will Posthumously Receive Award Named For WWII Re...

Pawel Adamowicz, the mayor of the Polish city of Gdansk who was assassinated on Sunday night, will posthumously receive a...


Microplastics Discovered in Marine Invertebrates Along Israel’s Coastline - A new Tel Aviv University study finds that microplastics—tiny pieces of plastic ingested by aquatic life—are present in solitary ascidians, or marine invertebrates, all along the Israeli coastline. Ascidians are sac-like marine...

Middle East

Iran Vows to Keep Military Forces in Syria Despite Israeli Threats

Iran will keep military forces in Syria, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday, defying Israeli threats that they might be targeted if they do not leave the...