Since Moshe Kanovsky jumped to his death Friday, loyal mentalblog readers the world over have been subjected to NINE threads about his and other suicides amongst memebers of the frum community. Anything from blaming everybody but the kitchen sink, to making him into a Tzaddik, (which he may have been, I did not know him) to posting news and video clips, to "was he allowed to jump?" I've been asked by others and I've thought to myself:
"Is this a call for help?"
Do we need to heed this call so that we don't regret it later? I'm sorry if you think this as harsh and cruel, and some of you may look at this thread like some Purim joke, but it's not. The warning signs are there, and if they are there wee need to pay attention.
Video around the ESB
Halachic aspects of suicide
Bending his body like a pretzel
Rabbi Moshe Kanovsky, Esq.
Last person to see Moshe Kanovsky in his final moments
remembering Moshe Kanovsky
daloy textual rituals
MK leaps to his death from the ESB