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Breaking the Jewish Community’s Silence Around Suicide

A nonprofit called Elijah’s Journey tries to raise awareness about suicide and mental illness in a specifically Jewish context

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Stefan Zweig’s Illusion of a Good Europe That Never Was Bewitches Us Still

The Austrian writer presented an ideal of what Europe might have been and might one day be

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The Tumultuous Life and Nuanced Work of Israel’s Greatest Children’s Book Writer

After tragedy, Dvora Omer found flaws, beauty in the nation’s founding figures, turning them into literary heroes

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In Death of Ex-Hasid Estranged From Her Religious Children, a Mirror for Trauma of Many

A father reflects on his own efforts to stay close to his children after deciding to live a secular life

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Surrender or Die

A gripping new history of Flavius Josephus portrays a Roman Jewish writer forever wrestling with his identity

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Building True Acceptance

By helping gay kids, synagogues and Jewish schools can make the community better for all of us

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Mourning My Mother, Finally

For years, I tried to forget my mother’s suicide. Then a yahrzeit notice made me face the past.

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Cut Short

In a memoir about her sister’s 1990 suicide, Jill Bialosky reckons with Judaism’s complicated—and still evolving—position on the taking of one’s own life

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Dudu’s Dead

Disgraced Israeli TV star found hanged in prison cell

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Exceptional Spiritedness

A writer-lawyer tackles Primo Levi’s tangled life and legacy

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Daybreak: Madoff Speaks

Plus, tension at the Lebanon border

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Sundown: Anne Frank, Not So Bitter

Anne at 80, chattering teeth, and a lox recall

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Among Rocks and Stones

On a northern Atlantic shore, I discovered how to mourn—and honor—my brother

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