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I know that out of desperation Moshe asks God to kill him and I don't necessarily see any reason it would be forbidden but I was curious if there was any discussion, halachic or otherwise, as to whether or not someone may request that God kill him.

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A source for "out of desperation Moshe asks God to kill him" would improve your question. – msh210 May 27 '13 at 0:32
@msh210 mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt0411.htm#15 i assume – Double AA May 27 '13 at 0:45
@msh210 "I've deleted this as an answer and converted it to a comment on the question, as it doesn't answer the question. – msh210" - no problem, I'm new around here and am just getting acquainted with the community norms. – Deuteronomy May 27 '13 at 4:27
the Talmud brings down that the Rabbis prayed for the death of Rabbi Yochanan as an act of mercy. (after the death of Reish Lekish, his chavrusa, he could not go on living, as there was noone at a sufficient level to learn with him. did Iyov pray for his death? – ray May 27 '13 at 7:59
Yonah also asked God to kill him after the death of his Kikayon plant. – Daniel Jun 24 '13 at 19:01

This definitely isn't a halakhic answer, but there is a remarkable story about the Klausenberger Rebbe: when he was in Auschwitz and Muldorf he prayed for death, and then after the war he did teshuvah.

Variants of this story appear on the Yad Vashem website and in the biography "Lapid ha-Aish", written by Aharon Surasky and translated into English by Judah Lifschitz as "The Klausenberger Rebbe".

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Choni HaMagel does exactly that in Taanis 23a. Since he was one of the gedolei hador I would assume it is ok

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By the way, do you really want the mods to remove your account? – Shmuel Brin Jan 3 '14 at 2:05
Welcome to MiYodeya. This answer would be better with more context. The story on the page you cited said that Choni slept for 70 years. When he woke up, no ne believed it was hin, and denied him approprite honors. That led him to be depressed and ask for death. Josephus, however, said Choni ws killed during the fratricidal warfare between Chashmonai brothers Aristobulus and Horkenus. He refused to take sides and begged for peace. They stoned him. Josephus Ant. 14-22. – Bruce James Jan 3 '14 at 2:08
@BruceJames see the maharsha on that gemarah who cites josephus (or perhaps the later yossipun) and resolves the discrepancy by saying that though they did stone him he ran away and they assumed he was dead because of the ensuing story about him sleeping for 70 years. – not-allowed to change my name Jan 3 '14 at 3:51

you have free will to ask whatever you want. the real question is it appropriate to ask God to kill you under certain circumstances.

the talmud says everything that God does is for the good.

according to this, if you are still alive even if in great pain then it is for the good.

if so, then it is not appropriate to ask for death.

when a person is going through difficult times his duty is to try to accept it with a good heart, as the duties of the heart gate 8 ch.3 writes: "Know, my brother, that for the ten trials which G-d tested Avraham our forefather with, we would not be praising Avraham for standing up to these trials, if it were not the case that he had received everything from G-d willingly and with a good heart, as written: "And found his heart faithful before You" (Nechamia 9:8). As for the generation who left Egypt, they were deserving of condemnation and rebuke in the desert only because they became angry and their hearts were not good with G-d and His prophet."

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By that logic it's never appropriate to pray for any change from the status quo (e.g. to be healed or to get a job). −1. – msh210 Jul 7 '13 at 23:06
not the same, if you're sick it's also for the good and you are under duty to do what you can to heal yourself including prayer, as we see by king Asa who was punished for relying on the doctors and not praying. If God put someone in a miserable situation, it means He wants him to use his free will in that situation and choose good and that this is the person's duty. To ask for death, is to ask to opt out of your duties. – ray Jul 8 '13 at 10:38
ray, your answer argues that a life with pain is necessarily for the best because all God does is for the best, and that one should therefore not try to change it through prayer. That applies to sickness and pauperdom also. Your comment is offering a different argument: that praying for death is trying to evade one's duties. If that's what you mean to answer, then you should edit your answer to say what you mean. – msh210 Jul 8 '13 at 15:15
@msh210 no, I am saying when you are sick your duty is to pray and find a doctor, when you are in a bad situation and want to die, your duty is to accept the situation with love. i updated the answer – ray Jul 8 '13 at 16:44
Accepting a situation doesn't meet you can't pray that the situation change. You just must accept that your prayers may not be answered. – Malper Jan 2 '14 at 22:38

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