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  • 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,...

  • Tempe family died of gunshot wounds, medical examiner determines

    June 11, 2012 | 10:22 am

    The Tempe, Ariz., family found burned to death in the family’s SUV died of gunshot wounds.

    Police believe that James Butwin died of a gunshot wound that was likely self-inflicted, according to the Arizona Republic. His wife, Yafit, 40, and their three children—Malissa, 16; Daniel,...

  • Case of murder-suicide of Jewish Phoenix family develops

    June 8, 2012 | 10:56 am

    While it has not been officially determined as such, police are convinced the case of James Butwin and his family was a carefully planned murder-suicide, the Tucson Citizen reported.

    A charred SUV was discovered 35 miles in the desert outside of Phoenix, said to contain the bodies...

  • The battle to get ‘Bully’ seen by those who need it most

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 21, 2012 | 1:06 pm

    At Sioux City Middle School in Iowa, 12-year-old Alex Libby is the odd-man-out. Seen by his peers as different, he has golden hair, gentle eyes, a wide, flat nose and permanently puckered lips. Together, they might seem to express something both pouty and vulnerable, sweet and sad....

  • Q&A with an expert on bullying

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 21, 2012 | 1:00 pm

    Ron Avi Astor, the Richard M. and Ann L. Thor Professor in Urban Social Development at USC, has been studying the epidemiology of school violence for nearly 30 years. In 1997, he moved his family to Jerusalem for one year to run the first-ever large-scale comprehensive school...


    By Ilana Angel

    December 4, 2011 | 1:00 pm

    Dear Jonah,

    I love you.  You are a brave young man and I am holding you close to my heart.  I feel your sadness, pain, confusion, fear and hope.  Hold on Jonah because this too shall pass, even though it feels like it never will.  You are blessed with courage and your video is...

  • Real Housewives of Beverly Hills:  Spitting on Russell Armstrong’s Grave

    By Ilana Angel

    November 15, 2011 | 1:03 am

    Before I blog about this train wreck, I want to say I am sick of this show.  Each week I think it can’t get any worse in terms of their behavior, and then they outdo themselves.  These women are fame whores with no regard for each other.  This week’s episode it yet another...

  • Ruth Madoff says she and Bernie attempted suicide in 2008 [VIDEO]

    October 27, 2011 | 2:31 pm

    Ruth Madoff said in an interview that she and her husband, Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff, attempted to commit suicide in 2008.

    Ruth Madoff told The New York Times that she and her husband made the attempt on Christmas Eve of that year in their Manhattan penthouse by overdosing on...

  • National Coming Out Day: Be Brave, Be Strong, Be Yourself, Be Happy

    By Ilana Angel

    October 11, 2011 | 10:30 am

    Today is National Coming Out Day. The gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities have my support on this very important day.  I hope those of you who are contemplating coming out, have the love and support you need to embrace who you are, be proud, and be free.

    The day will...

  • Real Housewives of Beverly Hills are Back and Completely Disgusting

    By Ilana Angel

    September 6, 2011 | 12:59 am

    I watched the premier tonight thinking that perhaps they would be classy and handle the suicide of Russell Armstrong with respect and dignity. Instead it was a disgusting display from a bunch of fame whores.  I watched the entire show, but I am not going to do my regular recap, and I...

  • A Teenager Drives, A Teenager Dies & a Mother Cries

    By Ilana Angel

    August 25, 2011 | 10:06 pm

    I spent Thursday afternoon with my son at the DMV.  It was exciting and scary, and yes, since you asked, I cried.  When he passed the test he went through the entire room and high fived everyone.  It was really fantastic and I was so proud of him.  Watching this child grow up is my...

  • Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Husband Russell Armstrong Found Dead

    By Ilana Angel

    August 16, 2011 | 10:46 am

    Russell Armstrong, the husband of Taylor Armstrong, one of the stars of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, was found dead today of an apparent suicide.  He was found hanging in his bedroom.  He leaves behind his wife, who filed for divorce last month, his 5 year old daughter...

  • Iran army general: Attacking us would be suicidal

    April 20, 2011 | 11:52 am

    The Iranian army’s ground force commander warned that attacking Iran would be suicidal, the semi-official Iranian Fars News Agency reported on Wednesday.

    “Today no enemy has the requirements and the desire to carry out a military attack against the powerful Iran and military...

  • Bombing at Moscow airport seen as terrorism [VIDEO]

    January 24, 2011 | 11:20 am

    A bombing at the busiest airport in Moscow that killed at least 31 and injured 130 is being called a terrorist attack by Russian officials.

    “From the preliminary information we have, it was a terror attack,” Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said of Monday’s attack on the Domodedovo...

  • Matthew Mezza, Santa Monica High School Freshman, dies at 14

    By Ryan Torok

    January 19, 2011 | 4:02 pm

    Santa Monica High School freshman Matthew Mezza, 14, died on Friday, Jan. 14, when he jumped to his death from the 10th floor of the Sheraton Delfina hotel in Santa Monica.

    According to reports, Mezza ran to the hotel after abruptly leaving a campus baseball practice, telling his...

  • The Madoff tragedy and personal legacy

    December 14, 2010 | 4:02 pm

    As seen in The Jewish Week

    With Mark Madoff’s suicide over the weekend, we witnessed the burden of a father’s sins. The Madoff Family’s tragic narrative reinforces why a person’s legacy truly matters. To expand on this teachable moment, JInsider looked to better understand...

  • Madoff’s eldest son, Mark, found dead in suicide

    December 11, 2010 | 9:25 am

    From NYTimes.com:

    Mark Madoff, the older of Bernard L. Madoff’s two sons, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on Saturday, the second anniversary of the day his father was arrested for running a gigantic Ponzi scheme that shattered thousands of lives around the world.

  • Ronni Chasen update: Gun is a match in ‘person of interest’ suicide

    December 8, 2010 | 3:55 pm

    From The Beverly Hills Courier:

    The Beverly Hills Courier has learned exclusively that preliminary ballistics analysis of the bullets that killed famed Hollywood publicist Ronnie Chasen came from the same gun that the “person of interest,” suicide victim Harold Martin Smith, used to kill himself.

    Beverly Hills Police Department: ‘Ronni Chasen killed by lone gunman on a bike’

  • Did Former JDL Boss Confess to Bomb Plots?

    By Tom Tugend

    March 17, 2009 | 2:27 pm

    Looking briefly at this, the “news” seems to be that Rubin admitted to what the government charged (and Krugel admitted), i.e, they planned to blow up the mosque and Issa’s office. I think few people, other than Irv’s wife, thought otherwise.

    What’s more intriguing to me, if the...

  • Paul McCartney is ‘shocked but not intimidated’  by jihadi threats re Israel concert [VIDEO]

    September 14, 2008 | 8:05 pm

    LONDON (JTA)—Suicide bombers will target Paul McCartney unless he cancels his concert in Tel Aviv, a Muslim cleric said.

    Omar Bakri said the ex-Beatle’s decision to perform in Israel “is creating more enemies than friends,” London’s Sunday Express reported.

    “If he values his life...

  • Scientist accused of anthrax killings was a religious man

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 9, 2008 | 7:59 pm

    From the mind of Bruce Ivins, the government scientist who apparently committed suicide last week as the FBI prepared to charge him with the 2001 anthrax mailings that killed five, came these letters, published in the Frederick (Md.) News Post:

    In one letter he praises a rabbi for...

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