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  • Rest in Peace Robin Williams

    By Ilana Angel

    August 20, 2014 | 8:58 pm

    I have tried to write about the passing of Robin Williams since I heard of his death. I was saddened by the loss in a way that left me unable to articulate what I was feeling. I had the honor of meeting Mr. Williams and he was lovely, kind, charming, and funny. His talent was...

  • Under a Tree in the Wilderness

    Zoe Ariana Van Raan

    August 20, 2014 | 6:00 am

    She killed herself under a tree in the wilderness, with the intention of not being found until well after the process of bodily death was complete. Days later I stood in front of her casket.

    In the final few months of her life she sought out a Jewish community and declared...

  • Robin Williams was sober, had Parkinson’s at death

    August 14, 2014 | 11:44 am

    Robin Williams was sober and suffering from early stages of Parkinson's disease as well as anxiety and depression at the time of his apparent suicide, the actor's wife said in a statement on Thursday.

    Susan Schneider said the actor "was not yet ready to share publicly" his...

  • Comedy great Robin Williams hanged himself at home

    August 12, 2014 | 3:12 pm

    Oscar-winning actor and groundbreaking comedian Robin Williams hanged himself with a belt in his Northern California home after he had sought treatment for depression, a coroner said on Tuesday based on preliminary findings.

    Williams, 63, was found dead by his personal assistant...

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  • O Captain, My Captain

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    August 11, 2014 | 5:11 pm

    Sitting here at my desk, I feel like crying. I notice a post on my Twitter feed from Rabbi Joe Black, asking, “Why does the death of Robin Williams hit so hard?” It’s an excellent question. Suicide is always so sad. It always feel like it could have been prevented, although God...

  • Suicide bombings kill 23 near Iran embassy in Beirut

    November 19, 2013 | 9:59 am

    Two suicide bombings rocked Iran's embassy compound in Lebanon on Tuesday, killing at least 23 people including an Iranian cultural attaché and hurling bodies and burning wreckage across a debris-strewn street.

    A Lebanon-based al Qaeda-linked group, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades,...

  • Using gift of gab for good

    June 5, 2013 | 11:29 am

    Sepora Makabeh is a social butterfly — outgoing, talkative, friendly and approachable. But rather than using this quality to just collect friends and speak her mind, the 18-year-old senior at Milken Community High School has employed it to assist people with special needs and...

  • Israel conducts illegal weapons amnesty

    May 28, 2013 | 10:20 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    There are a lot of guns in Israel. You see them carried by soldiers as you walk down the street; on the hip of the security guard checking your bag as you enter the bank; and even by licensed civilians who live in or travel...

  • Murder-suicide by despondent senior reported in Sherman Oaks

    By Tom Tugend

    April 25, 2013 | 11:57 am

    Burton Levin, an 88-year old Sherman Oaks resident, apparently shot himself Tuesday morning, shortly after phoning relatives to tell them that he had just given a lethal dose of medication to his 85-year old wife Lenore.

    The report from www.shermanoaks.patch.com cited an assessment by Los Angeles police detectives that the couple’s deaths were motivated by despondency over their declining health.

    Police examining the Levin home in the 3500 block of Weslin Ave. found a firearm and medication. No other details are available at this time.

  • Report: ‘Prisoner X’ spy Ben Zygier tipped off Hezbollah

    March 25, 2013 | 12:34 pm

    The man known as "Prisoner X" unwittingly caused the arrest of two Hezbollah supporters who were spying for Israel, a German magazine claims.

    Ben Zygier, the Australian-Israeli who allegedly was a Mossad agent, leaked highly classified information in a botched attempt to recruit...

  • Aaron Swartz: martyr or meme?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 4, 2013 | 3:10 pm

    When programmer and Internet activist Aaron Swartz killed himself on January 11, the outpouring of grief from those who knew him and appreciated his work was immediate and intense.

    Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law professor who befriended Swartz years before his suicide, wrote that...

  • Report: Israel informed Australia when Zygier was arrested

    February 22, 2013 | 11:17 am

    Israeli intelligence services notified Australian officials of Ben Zygier’s arrest immediately after he was detained, an Australian news agency reported. 

    Australia’s Fairfax Media quoted a “well-placed source familiar with the case” as saying Israeli intelligence had told...

  • Prisoner X affair raises charges of dual loyalty for Australian Jews

    February 20, 2013 | 10:00 am

    As more details have seeped out about the mysterious life and death of Israel’s Prisoner X -- identified last week by an Australian TV program as Ben Zygier -- the wall of silence surrounding those who knew him has begun to show some cracks.

    On Tuesday, Israel released parts of a...

  • Israel denies mystery 2010 detainee spied for Australia

    February 19, 2013 | 10:13 am

    Israel denied on Tuesday that an Australian immigrant who committed suicide in 2010 while jailed for security offenses had spied for his native country.

    The statement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office, which oversees Israel's intelligence services, was the first to...

  • More details trickle out about Israel’s Prisoner X, aka Ben Zygier, an Australian Jew

    February 13, 2013 | 9:13 am

    More information has begun to trickle out about the mysterious man known as Prisoner X who hanged himself in Israel’s Ayalon Prison in 2010.

    The Australian Broadcasting Corp.'s “Foreign Correspondent” program made headlines worldwide when it reported this week that the prisoner,...

  • Israel struggles to keep cloak of secrecy over spy story

    February 13, 2013 | 6:12 am

    The mysterious death of an Australian prisoner in Israel has put the spotlight on a military-run censorship system that is finding it harder to black out secret information often only a mouse click away on the Internet.

    The case involves a man reported by Australia's ABC channel...

  • Hamas leader calls for third intifada

    December 26, 2012 | 9:36 am

    A senior Hamas leader called for a third intifada, including suicide bus bombings in Israel.

    Hamas Jerusalem bureau chief Ahmed Halabiyeh on Tuesday called for new, violent action against Israel,  saying that ”we must renew the resistance to occupation in any possible way, above...

  • On Chanukah, Hamsas, for love and tzedakah

    December 6, 2012 | 11:58 am

    Meeting Rachelle Tratt, a yoga teacher with a warm smile and huge blue eyes, it’s hard to imagine that she was ever anything but the strong, spirited healer she is today. But Tratt, who grew up Modern Orthodox in the Catskill Mountains, has seen her fair share of tragedy.

    At 9...

  • Israeli doctor euthanizes daughter, takes own life

    November 30, 2012 | 9:41 am

    A doctor in Israel euthanized his daughter and committed suicide.

    Relatives of the 60-year-old physician found him dead on Thursday in his garage and his daughter, who had terminal cancer, in her bed at their house in Nir Yisrael, a moshav in Israel’s south, according to a report...

  • Words can kill

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 8, 2012 | 9:27 am

    For the past few weeks my mind has been preoccupied. An event that occurred in my home town got me thinking on how mean can people be? And moreover- how mean can young people be? What makes a kid or a teenager, who didn't even get the chance to experience real life, own a heart of...

  • Wife of Israeli celebrity rabbi attempts suicide as police question him

    October 15, 2012 | 9:06 am

    The wife of Israeli kabbalist Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto tried to commit suicide as her husband was being questioned by police.

    The rabbi's wife, Rivka, was rushed to a Tel Aviv hospital on Sunday after reportedly overdosing on pills, Israel Radio reported. The questioning of...

  • Ari Rubin suicide continues pattern of violent JDL deaths

    By  Tom Tugend

    August 22, 2012 | 2:38 pm

    Ari Ephraim Rubin, vice chairman of the Jewish Defense League long led by his father, Irving (Irv) Rubin, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on July 20. He was 30.

    Ari Rubin had been active since his youth in the militant JDL, which has long been rejected by mainstream Jewish...

  • Report: Calls between Lebanon and Burgas increased before attack

    August 9, 2012 | 10:41 am

    Israel has evidence of many telephone calls between Lebanon and Burgas in the two months before the bombing that killed six people, The New York Times reported.

    The volume of calls intensified in the three days before the attack on a bus carrying Israeli tourists, the newspaper...

  • San Francisco synagogue service to remember Golden Gate Bridge suicides

    August 3, 2012 | 12:17 pm

    A San Francisco synagogue will hold a memorial service for the 1,558 known suicide victims who have jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge.

    San Francisco’s Congregation Sha’ar Zahav will host a special yizkor or remembrance service on August 7 to raise awareness about suicides and...

  • Suicide bomber behind Bulgaria bus attack had help, Bulgarian prime minister says

    July 24, 2012 | 1:46 pm

    A suicide bomber who killed five Israeli tourists when he blew up a bus in Bulgaria last week was backed up by an organized group who helped him plan and carry out the attack, Boiko Borisov, the Bulgarian prime minister, said on Tuesday.

    Borisov said police had not yet identified...

  • Hezbollah: Uncertain future, but still dangerous

    July 23, 2012 | 3:52 pm

    Hezbollah may have hurt Israel with last week’s bus bombing in Bulgaria, but the Lebanese terrorist faction faces an uncertain future as one of its main sponsors—Syria’s Assad regime—faces a serious revolt and weakening support from once Arab allies, according to analysts.

    ...
  • Strangers to hate crimes, Bulgarian Jews reeling from Burgas bombing

    July 19, 2012 | 4:03 pm

    Until this week, leaders of Bulgaria’s small, generally placid Jewish community said felt untouched by hate crimes or terrorism.

    But after Wednesday’s apparent suicide bombing of a bus carrying Israeli tourists in the Black Sea city of Borgas, Jews in the country are speaking of...

  • Suspected suicide bomber had fake U.S. I.D.; Surveillance camera captures image

    July 19, 2012 | 10:33 am

    A suicide bomber carried out an attack that killed seven people in a bus transporting Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, the interior minister said on Thursday, and Israel said Iranian-backed Hezbollah militants were to blame.

    Iran denied it was behind Wednesday’s attack at Burgas...

  • WITNESS ACCOUNT: ‘We think that (it was a suicide bomber)’

    July 18, 2012 | 10:59 am

    A suicide bomber probably caused an explosion on a bus at Bulgaria’s Burgas airport which killed three people, an Israeli woman who was on the bus said.

    “We think that (it was a suicide bomber),” witness Aviva Malka told Israeli Army Radio in answer to a question in a telephone interview from the scene.

    “We sat down and within a few seconds we heard a huge boom and we ran away. We managed to escape through a hole on the bus. We saw bodies and many people injured,” she said.

    Writing by Ori Lewis; Editing by Louise Ireland

  • Family murder-suicide devastates Arizona Jewish community

    June 12, 2012 | 10:15 am

    Following a businessman’s destruction of his family, the Jewish community of Tempe, Ariz., has “no answers,” according to a local rabbi.

    Sometime during the early hours Shabbat, June 1-2, James Butwin murdered his 40-year-old wife, Yafit, and their three children—Malissa,...

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