Food for Thought on Yom Kippur: Suicide and Mental Illness

September 30, 2014 9:51 PM

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Food for Thought on Yom Kippur: Suicide and Mental Illness

In the wake of Robin Williams' tragic death, rabbis nationwide will be using their Yom Kippur pulpits to open a much-needed dialogue about suicide and mental illness in their communities.

Suicide is a frightening, poorly-understood, often taboo subject. The historical stigma -- rooted, of course, in religious tradition -- persists, turning some into judgmental critics ("What did he have to be depressed about?"), rendering others silent.

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