Hasids in New Yorker Cartoons & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

The Jews Who Saved Monticello Thomas Jefferson is buried at Monticello, his estate in Charlottesville, Virginia, along with Rachel Phillips Levy, a traditional Jew. How did a Jewish grave end up in Monticello? The answer lies in the history of a family whose own story is every bit as American as that of Jefferson himself. […]

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Two Hasidic Jews Prevent Suicide & Other Jews in the News

  Right around when Mark Zuckerberg was founding Facebook, he went to a Purim party at the Harvard Chabad house and danced the night away with Orthodox Jews! Two Orthodox Jews Prevent Bridge Suicide – Two Hassidic Jews from Brooklyn are being credited with saving a 52-year-old  woman from taking her life on the Brooklyn Bridge this […]

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What’s The Jewish View On Suicide Vis-a-Vis Mental Illness?

Dear Jew in the City, I know that suicide is technically prohibited in the Torah, but what about people with mental illness (like the recent passing of Robin Williams who suffered from bi-polar disorder)? Is ALL suicide prohibited equally? Does Jewish law consider mental illness a justification for suicide? How do we reconcile the Torah’s […]

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