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Dayan Ha-Emes Over Suicide

Chas V’Shalom I have this as an inquiry, but it is a stipulation I find I rarely fortunately have to problematically assign to a conversation with my soul. What do we say when someone commits suicide as in terms of a “baruch Dayan HaEmet” conversation. I am sorry to pose this question but it is a conversation we all have to make at some horrific times in our lives.


One does not recite the “Baruch Dayan Ha-Emet” over a suicide. The reason for this is that the blessing refers to Divine judgment, which is part of His will. In the case of a suicide, death itself is a sin, and this is clearly not Hashem’s will, so that it is inappropriate to recite the blessing (see Yalkut Yosef 56:1).

This applies specifically to a suicide that is not mourned for, and not to somebody who took his life out of mental disturbance. Please see our recent article on the subject for more details (here).

I understand the difficulty of posing the question, and may we never hear of such tragedy.

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