Master of an Empty Kingdom: The Tragically Short Life of Michael Jackson

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach reminisces over the death of his estranged friend, Michael Jackson.

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ima

11/08/2009 08:05:38 AM

this site should be ashamed of themselves for posting rubbish like this on as their content...I thought this is a positive site, yet this article is quite negative, and since when are you the judge of anyone? what is your purpose with articles like this one? as to Mr. Rabbi S., you are PATHETIC..... what kind of a friend...rabbi....counselor are you ??? people come to you in confindence and you break it? so much for your CREDIBILITY of being a so called "confidant". do you go and trumpet publicly all of your patients' and friends' problems ??? SHAME ON YOU! no respect for you sir. all my respects to Michael Jackson's memory and to his family! and sincerest apologies for all the bad stuff they have to hear from all the "so called "friends" of Michael's!

rosasrose

10/26/2009 07:44:29 PM

Rabbi Shmuley, I dont know how you can possibly say that you did not expect to be saddened by MJ's passing, that is a horrible thing to say. I have read your book and I have much to say about what you have said. You have said some very nice things and you have said some very cold things. You will see my book later but right now I want to tell you that MJ STILL has a legacy, it is not ruined, he did teach you to appreciate children and now he has taught the world to appreciate them the same and look into their eyes when you say that you love them. This will NOT die,it will live on much more than you think. You do not give MJ the credit he deserves and you should have tried a little harder! Rosa

septspirit

10/10/2009 03:31:53 AM

Shmuley, for the first time I finally feel an inkling of empathy for you, but for god's sake, get some counseling and get over your anger and disappointment. We're all grieving. We lost a kindred spirit. There one less light shining in a dark world. Life is not certain. We all die. You could die tomorrow in a plane crash- while jetting around the country maligning Michael and providing the tabloids more fodder- leaving your own children fatherless. How would they feel about that? On the one hand you argue that there are no perfect men and that Micheal wasn't a messiah and should give up his celebrity and become "normal", on the other hand you refuse to allow him to be "normal"- expected him to be perfect, without flaws, without weaknesses, without fears, without "addictions". Do you see the obvious contradiction? Yes, he was human like the rest of us, just a few rungs higher than most on the Stairway to Heaven. THAT's why it was so easy for him to tell people he loved them, and mean it. Let that soak in. How Michael chose to go is between him and his god. It's not for you to say he "threw away his life". He lived a beautiful life, in spite of the pain, in spite of the numerous extortions, in spite of the media's relentless stalking. He did more to evolve the collective consciousness than anyone I know. That's the book that should be written. He gave so much to so many, and gave far more than he ever received. He never stopped loving and giving. That inspire hope in all of us. There is nothing inherently evil or wrong with sleeping in close proximity to children. I think you have misplaced anger, which would've been better directed at the rigid mores of our culture that Michael refused to submit to. "There's a time when you're right and you know you must fight." He was exhonorated, there should be no more speculation. As his friend, that should be your message. If there is anything left for him to answer for, then that too is between him and his god. "Everyday create your history" Your legacy, as it stands, is just another in a long list of people who betrayed him. For his children's sake, recall this book. It serves no godly purpose. Michael would never analyze and mischaracterize you to the world, and would do everything in his power to sheild your children from hearing such hurtful things. Stop acting out your anger (hurt) and disappointment. You have disappointed many.

nahamuah

10/09/2009 07:59:11 PM

Rabbi, Another thing -- MJ had acceptance worldwide. It is only the ignorant stupid and racist fools who had a problem accepting him and they still continue to harp on inconsequential incidents like: 1) Mj owning a hyperbaric chamber -- a photo of MJ taken by a tabloid photographer while he lay in a hyperbaric (oxygen) chamber as a joke at Los Angeles Children's Hospital. MJ was there to open a wing of the hospital. He lay in the chamber as a joke! The photo was then circulated by the tabloids with a report that MJ had acquired and regularly used an oxygen chamber so he would not grow old. How ridiculous is that! MJ never owned an oxygen chamber -- a total lie that was circulated as fact and a lot of people accepted the tabloid lies as fact -- hook, line and sinker! 2) MJ dangling his son "Blanket" out of a hotel window in Berlin while caught up with the excitement of fans chanting outside the hotel. A momentary lapse of judgment that has been harped on by the crazy media. With every idiot repeating this like MJ ought to be hanged for a 3 second lapse of judgment. MJ's manager Dieter Wiesner has stated that he was standing right behind MJ in the hotel room and MJ had a firm clasp of his son -- Blanket was never in any danger. 3) MJ's prosthetic noses that never existed -- the lie that MJ had several prosthetic noses that he changed at will. Total lies. The recent leaked autopsy report would have disclosed this if it was true. 4) MJ falsely portrayed as having died from taking a lot of drugs. Something that has been repeated on this website without waiting for the autopsy report. Now the lousy lies have been exposed by the leaked autopsy report and MJ is finally having the last laugh. The only drugs were the drugs that his doctor said he administered. Enough of the lies!

nahamuah

10/09/2009 07:28:46 PM

Rabbi shmuley, You claim that MJ taught you about humility; however, you keep accusing him of having "messianic" tendencies. Perhaps, you need to examine your own self first before you so arrogantly judge another being that had nothing but good and humility in him. Nobody is trying to "deify" MJ like you claim, we are humble enough to recognize the good that exists in other people including MJ and we are not quick to judge and cast unfounded aspersions on other people including our own friends. Humanitarian Award to Michael Jackson ~ Bollywood Award Show 1999 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OER_CBNZpws&feature=youtube_gdata I certainly hope that you will receive counseling to enable you to reconcile your own confused feelings about MJ and perhaps your own feelings of inadequacy and mediocrity. Deep down you know that MJ was pure in spirit -- something that you can only hope to attain, if you are able to attain the humility that you currently lack. Shalom!

nahamuah

10/09/2009 06:48:38 PM

Rabbi Shmuley, You are really quite unfeeling. As a scholar, are you incapable of doing your own research so you could reconcile the facts about the molestation cases with MJ the man that you knew? You are the person that is confused. If a close friend is accused as MJ was and he tells me that he is innocent, I would do my own independent research to ensure that I have the facts and then I would steadfastly stand by my friend without hesitation. It is a real shame and a pity that you considered yourself to be MJ friend, yet you did not believe him when he told you the truth. You also obviously did not do your own research -- there is lots of evidence available online for you to have determined the truth. I really feel sorry that MJ spent any time with you because there is no doubt that he must have known that you did not believe in his innocence and you did not trust him with your children. You cannot fake your true feelings -- I am sure that MJ knew that you did not believe and trust him. You have repeated several times how immoral it was for MJ to share his bed with children. Did you ever consider the fact that MJ grew up in a two-bedroom household in Gary, Indiana, with 8 siblings and his parents -- 11 people all together? Have you ever thought about how the Jackson family managed to live in such a small house? The kids most likely shared beds and they also shared rooms when they travelled to undertake various shows. So what may be strange and immoral to you was the reality of MJ's upbringing. I don't think you were a good friend and counselor. Your sole interest was how you could use MJ's fame to further your own interests and ambitions. Then jealousy, envy, contempt and resentment set in and you have left no stone unturned in your bid to destroy MJ's name and legacy. Well, we have a message for you. The laugh is on you!

okaretta

09/23/2009 08:07:13 PM

To comment further, I would like to include a link to an article published in GQ Magazine in 1994, by Mary Fischer. http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread477059/pg1

okaretta

09/23/2009 02:13:34 PM

What I want to know is this: How can you, Rabbi, say you don't know if Michael was guilty or innocent of the sexual molestation charges when he was your friend? You saw how he interacted with his children, your children, how he did anything he could to make children feel loved. You actually got to witness this first-hand. So, how can you essentially dog someone who you considered a friend? Do you not realize you are feeding into the same pits that basically killed him? How can you write a passage of beauty only to mar it with you anger and accusations? He told you he was innocent, he would never hurt a child. And that, is the truth. Yet you cannot believe that, and you can write a blog that numerous people anywhere in the world can view in which you tell people that Michael may have hurt a child? How can you do that? Can you not feel the pain he felt for once? Can you not put yourself in his shoes, in HIS shoes, and feel what he felt? Michael didn't use the medications to get high, he hurt from the deepest part of his soul, and he didn't know how to stop the pain. I mean, how do you stop the pain within your own soul when the whole world is left to hurl the worst atrocities at you, even by those closest to him, like you, essentially accusing him of one of the most horrific acts that anyone could commit? Now can you see why he hurt? Michael always talked about how much he loved children, even when he was basically a child himself. He saw something, something spiritual, in children that even the most spiritual cannot see. Now is not the time to be angry, or hurling accusations that haunted Michael for almost two decades. You are suppose to be a man with a higher understanding of spirituality, then surely, you should be able to forgive someone who really did HURT from the pain that others caused him, including yourself. And please, please stop feeding into accusations that hurt someone you considered a friend. Stop judging and start loving.

okaretta

09/23/2009 02:13:23 PM

What I want to know is this: How can you, Rabbi, say you don't know if Michael was guilty or innocent of the sexual molestation charges when he was your friend? You saw how he interacted with his children, your children, how he did anything he could to make children feel loved. You actually got to witness this first-hand. So, how can you essentially dog someone who you considered a friend? Do you not realize you are feeding into the same pits that basically killed him? How can you write a passage of beauty only to mar it with you anger and accusations? He told you he was innocent, he would never hurt a child. And that, is the truth. Yet you cannot believe that, and you can write a blog that numerous people anywhere in the world can view in which you tell people that Michael may have hurt a child? How can you do that? Can you not feel the pain he felt for once? Can you not put yourself in his shoes, in HIS shoes, and feel what he felt? Michael didn't use the medications to get high, he hurt from the deepest part of his soul, and he didn't know how to stop the pain. I mean, how do you stop the pain within your own soul when the whole world is left to hurl the worst atrocities at you, even by those closest to him, like you, essentially accusing him of one of the most horrific acts that anyone could commit? Now can you see why he hurt? Michael always talked about how much he loved children, even when he was basically a child himself. He saw something, something spiritual, in children that even the most spiritual cannot see. Now is not the time to be angry, or hurling accusations that haunted Michael for almost two decades. You are suppose to be a man with a higher understanding of spirituality, then surely, you should be able to forgive someone who really did HURT from the pain that others caused him, including yourself. And please, please stop feeding into accusations that hurt someone you considered a friend. Stop judging and start loving.

magical

09/18/2009 08:07:50 PM

I was moved by this article and because I knew Michael since 8yrs old and up until his situation of the accusations of pedofilia? I was no longer in touch with him about 2 years before the issue of the accusations, but I saw him gradually withdrawing from the public, and he seemed to be very upset at moments in time, however he was very articulate about his work, and he was very kind, and supportive of Children. Michael hated to see un-necessary suffering, and really hated greedy, people. He really was a genuine person but so mixed up with his duel personalities, that it was hard to see which one he was? God Bless his death is a great loss, his duty to humanity and his generosity will be missed by millions. There isn't many people on this earth that we can say that about. The people that are cruel and damn him without even knowing him should remember that theyre going to be judged someday as well. They should pray that those that judge them are not as harsh? Michael was a Great Artist, and one of a kind, that is something all his critics that are so harsh, may be jealous of and that is a shame! I guess they will have to live with their hatred and they won't have Michael to kick around anymore now will they? He was a Childlike person, and never reached the latitude of the Adult! His age had no bearing on his personage, he was truly professional in business but he is what God said, " Come to me as Little Children" So I know Michael Jackson is in Heaven for he was truly a Little Child.

pinkyxomg

09/06/2009 08:14:33 PM

Michael looks beautiful in that picture.

dawnrose

07/29/2009 09:14:27 PM

I enjoyed your human comments about MJ. I am his age and always admired him. We have taken a great loss. But he is now safe in the arms of Jesus-- no more pain, sadness, etc. I believe our God understands when someone is in so much torment and forgives, and I think he is now moonwalking in heaven. MJ, we miss you, we loved you but we just didn't know how to love you enough while you were here, and for that I am sorry & saddened. I pray for his children. They are his legacy but it is clear he overcame alot of childhood pain and learned how to be a good father despite all that. I applaud you, Michael. Job well done! RIP.

askbelivereceive

07/25/2009 02:34:49 PM

A Wave Goodbye from the World BALCK AND WHITE NIGHT A TRIBUTE TO MJ FROM HIS FANS WORLDWIDE at 9:00pm on August 29th, 2009 turn off your power source (breaker) now its "BLACK" light a candle "WHITE" watch the world WAVE. This does several thing we save alittle of Mother Earth by not using any power for an hour, we prove that we can do something together. WE ARE THE WORLD & WE CAN MAKE A BETTER PLACE. Join me and hopefully million of others in this global statement of Unity. Please pass this Tribute on. Happy Birthday to US! happy Birthday to Michael joseph Jackson

cathedralfolk

07/12/2009 08:48:33 AM

Rabbi, perhaps you should donate all of the proceeds of your upcoming expose of your beloved friend to his Heal the World Foundation. This would allow you to differentiate your friendship from all of the other money grabbing psychophants. Or better yet, why not simply destroy them rather than allowing any financial gain to be reaped from your tender mentorship of this gentle soul. Blessings and love, Cath

brighton14618

07/09/2009 06:51:34 PM

Rabbi Boteach has no credibility. Anyone who is starstruck with an obvious pervert and subjects his children to a pervert who dances with his hand on his crotch does not deserve the respect normally given to a rabbi. This all happened before the legal allegations of child molestation. It's amazing how Boteach writes ad nauseum the praises of a blatant, open ANTI-SEMITE like Jackson.

seanm

07/09/2009 05:16:51 PM

Everything aside, I am just sad that he passed. No matter what any one says he was very talented and made many people feel better, gave joy to their lives.

notjustdreaming

07/08/2009 05:35:38 PM

Am I the only one who finds some of the Rabbi's statements a bit disingenuous given that he admits 1) Michael Jackson taught him how to tell his children that he loved them, 2) he saw only pure love in the way that Michael Jackson treated the Rabbi's children, and 3) he's writing a book on Michael Jackson's soul? Where will the inevitable profits from that book go? Isn't there something even slightly unethical about revealing another's soul for any kind of personal profit? I, unfortunately, recently discovered that someone I had counted as my closest friend knows virtually nothing about my soul. This was a friendship that lasted fifteen years. I had given her more than I thought I could give, but evidently, most people can't or won't try to walk in another's shoes, so their ability to judge another's soul is virtually impossible, especially given that words are so inadequate when describing spiritual matters. To more factual matters, Michael Jackson was found NOT GUILTY by the court system. I caught one news story on MSNBC that stated that the family that last sued Mr. Jackson had a history of suing celebrities. Also, I am one of those 2nd moms to a lot of kids who are now grown and bringing their kids over to me. This has caused great consternation among some of my suspicious neighbors who couldn't figure out why so many kids hung out at my house. As a result, I can't count the number of times I've been visited by ignorant police, sheriffs, etc. The fact that a lot of these kids came from troubled homes, had their own problems, or just needed help through a rough time did not matter to anyone. Once judgment has been made, the truth is often the first thing trampled. By the time it has the chance to rise again, the unjustly persecuted are often long gone. The proof is in our ever-changing history books that must be rewritten to include the truths that were purposefully left out of previous editions for political or (im)moral reasons.

raventlctaichi

07/08/2009 01:22:31 PM

God is written by his friend the Rabbi without an "o" and someone commented as to why? The reason is both for Jews and Taoists, of which I consider I am of those two creeds, the Taoists say, that "the Tao which can be spoken is not the true Tao" OR Jews say if you write the name, God becomes something that humanity can believe they really know... And that isn't really possible. So both of these Ancient people don't want to name the nameless. The Jews writing God in English, take the "o" out sometimes. For me, belief that I have in this second last only for this second. So I will not carve me beliefs into some tablet and say I have all the answers. I will never have all the answers.

lmo

07/07/2009 02:18:30 PM

I was 15 when I first heard Michael Jackson's music & didn't like that Motown was going "bubble gum". Musically, he had his moments but even among Motown artists I thought that Stevie Wonder, Martha Reeves, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations & Four Tops were far superior. Michael Jackson was most likely an addict/alcoholic. Rabbi Boteach provides a glimpse into what Jackson could have been as a man. I think someone like Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski, a Hasidic Rabbi who founded and directed the world's first drug & alcohol rehab for teenagers could provide some valuable insights for Rabbi Boteach and all of us.

protestant_irish

07/07/2009 12:35:34 PM

I hope for G_d sake he is not pervert that some claim him, and nevertheless, his musici was something to heared. He was amazing muscianand his time was short on earth. I hope maybe now he will find peace with G_d.

pandora13

07/07/2009 11:32:17 AM

Why do you not put the O in the word God?

Radhabhaktin

07/07/2009 09:37:34 AM

as he has shown so often before, the Rabbi seems to know little about deep emotional wounds... most likely Michael's pain kept manifesting, and he kept out-picturing it, and medicating for it, because he still had to walk with an abuser in his life... maybe he was drawn to the spiritual advice of men like the Rabbi and Deepak Chopra looking for the best men to model by - and maybe some real 'cut-the-crap' fathering would help - but this one seems to have failed to understand his deeply buried anger and hurt, and Deepak can't help someone who hasn't done the primary work with their rage... Peace to Michael's soul, peace to his children - peace to all who suffer...

pamheatley

07/05/2009 08:35:26 PM

That was a great article. I find it difficult to watch the celebrities on TV talk about Michael as if he was nothing but "goodness and light". It is important to remember there was obviously a dark side to him a tortured side. We too often deny the obvious and it is not good for anyone. I'm sorry he didn't listen to your good advice.

sleeprequired

07/04/2009 09:39:49 PM

Its going to be interesting to see all the stuff that is uncovered after his death. We will finally get to know what michael jackson is really like

alex11

07/04/2009 03:05:55 PM

I agree with iamonewithhim. Having been through similar crises and having been helped by people close to me (my mother), I think that Michael's mother and family members should have been alerted. Sometimes you need your family's direct intervention. While watching videos (something I have never done because I was too busy during the 80s and 90s), I noticed what a shy person he was. Despite his great success he appeared humble. Surely someone could have intervened on his behalf. I did not have Michael's means, but I too sought help from various gurus, all of them who were in it for the money and when I was really ill, did nothing. Had we known of his troubles, perhaps we could have interceded and prayed for him.

iamonewithhim

07/04/2009 11:27:54 AM

Dear TDB- you say the Rabbi is spiritually in tune. Grant it - it does take a move of God to help us and we must want that help but sometimes God will intervene thru the use of people also. Yes Michael needed help - but remember Michael was a like a child in a man's body - therefore he needed someone to lead the way - I'm glad people didn't give up on me and kept praying and coxing me and then one day God woke me up and told me what to do. I was saved by God's grace and mercy and the prayers of people I don't even know but they prayed. The interceded - If the Rabbi is so spiritually in tune - than why write a book that will only hurt Michael's children. You can't hurt Michael anymore- he with God - but the family he has left behind are hurting - and will the book help or hurt the family - especially his children. is the Rabbi planning on donating any of the funds to the family or to the children? Or will it be just another person getting over on Michael even in death? This is what makes me question when people right biographies about well known people after they die - where were you when the needed you - and is what you're going to say hurt the family more than they are already hurting - if that's the case - is it really worth the money? Just wondering - be blessed and God Bless the Rabbi and his family also -

tdb

07/03/2009 07:55:04 PM

I think the Rabbis is quite spiritually intune. His desire to see Michael see peace and healing by being truthful and real echoes my own spiritual journey. The main thing God brings me to is truth, being truthful to oneself and dedicating my mind and life to reality. 'you know what, that canb e very painful at times and requires a healthy dose of 'giving up ones desires and giving up ones self. Basically saying, I am not God. Losing yourself to be saved, if you like. You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free' The truth about Michael seemed to be that he wast unwilling to address the big black hole in his soul, and thats what ultimatley killed him and has bought great pain to his children. Personally, I have suffered childhood rejection and abandonment on a greater scale than Michael Jackson, and it slowly permeated like a thick cloud of dark unreality through my life for 38 years.. . But God in his great Mercy showed me the truth, and His incredible nature of love. today I am free, but it took a lot of little dedications to reality to get there. Ultimately a life lived in truth is a life of freedom. Michael Jackson's life is a sombre reminder of what a life lived in varying degrees of a lack of giving ones self to truth can produce.

terivic

07/03/2009 02:53:07 PM

Rabbi have you ever considered that the pain that -Michael- was feeling was Unbearable!?!? The Back Pain that Michael was feeling was because of an inflammation of the Spinal Cord -ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS- I happen to suffer of that ailment. It has taken 17 years for the doctor to diagnosed it. Because its symptoms mimic other medical problems. Such as back pain, flue like symptoms, skeleton and muscular pain,tiredness, fatigue,insomnia,and just feeling miserable 24/7. Michael had to travel a lot and had to deal with all those molestation accusations. I feel very sorry for Him,because I know how much excruciating the pain is. In my case it gets worsen if I cannot have at least 8 hours of complete peaceful sleep. This ailment affects the central nerve system and is very difficult to sleep in peace. It is like having a constant tooth ache,but all the teeth at the same time! -Michael Jackson- should be remembered for his kindness and sincere love for humanity. He truly cared for the plague and suffering of his fellow human beings. Michael and I share the same birthday, August 29th. Maybe because of that I always understood The way how -Michael- Viewed The World. I also do not believe that he was that horrible monster that harmed boys. So Rabbi S. please be kind and respect The Memory and Legacy of "Your Friend" - Michael Jackson- R.I.P. MICHAEL JACKSON. :`(

iamonewithhim

07/03/2009 01:28:23 PM

I can't believe Rabbi that you call yourself a friend of Michael's. So did you pray for him; did you seek medical intervention for him. You say he was selfish - doesn't sound like he was selfish to me - it sounds like he was hurting - have you ever been abused by your parents Rabbi - well I have - and it's something you never get over. Did you try intervention - with his mom, Diana Ross, Eliza Minnelli - the people that cared for him - and how much do you stand to gain from writing that book - no it will be people like you who will damage his legacy - people like you, and Deepak Chopra and all the other so-call friends - who said he need to get his life together but yet saw he didn't know how - and wouldn't help him - there were ways to have the court take control - there were ways his mom or close friends could have been notified - but did anyone do that - no. Same here - i have family - but they would rather ignore me or tell me to get over the beating, the cutting, my son's murder, my mother's suicide - but when you've never been loved and no one teaches you about love and everyone has used you your whole life how do you expect people to act. No sir Rabbi - with all due respect - before you write and publish that book - think carefully about his children - think about how your children are going to react. Forgiveness - we're the ones who need forgiveness - not Michael. His so-called friends, business partners and family took a sweet soul and devoured him until there was no more. I for one pray that I will become stronger because of what happened to Michael. People are not worth losing your life over - only God deserves that place in our lives.

jahbeliever

07/01/2009 08:53:52 PM

I find it very disturbing Rabbi Shmuley that you claimed to have been a friend of Michael Jackson. What is your motive for making such comments about a person you said that you loved and just died? First, I never believed that Michael Jackson ever harmed a child. I believe Sony wanted to get their hands on his share of the catalogue rights. But he had a gentle heart and spirit; he wasn't a brutish type of man. He was also a bit niave with taking narcotic medications and the enabling people surrounding him. However, I wish people would show a grain of humanity and respect towards the death of one of God's children. Michael may not been perfect, but neither is anyone else, which is why we are considered human. Rabbi it seems you were using him just like so many others did--you claimed to be his friend so you could make money off of him by your book in progress. I expected others to be leeches; however, I thought your friendship would have been sincere. He probably trusted you because you called yourself a rabbi. Michael should at least be able to have some dignity in his death. I pray that now he can enter into God's rest and he has found peace with God, he knows the real truth. Moreover, I can understand the tremendous pain he must have been suffering from. He had vigorous and passionate performances and with age and injuries, the pain was unbearabe. I also suffer from pain, due to muscular skeletal injuries. Sometimes the pain causes a sufferer to have their sleep interrupted, even, with the medication. However, there is no cure and the muscular skeletal injures, usually develop into arthritis, and only gets worse Moreover, those types of injures are more painful if the sufferer does not obtain a sufficient amount of or a good night's sleep, which it is clear Michael did not receive. Then the chronic sleep deprivation caused him to have a confused mental state, paranoia, and instability, which is why he was pleading for the drug diprivan, a dangerous drug. However, that drug probably caused his death. I wish he could have found a reputable orthopedic surgeon and psychiatrist, to help him manage his pain: pain blocks, medication therapy, physical therapy, and stress and pain management. But instead of condemning Michael, especialy since you knew how sensitive he was, why didn't you pray for him, when he was alive? No one can bring him back, now. However, I only pray that he was able to pray to God, and accept His salvation through Jesus Christ, so that his soul will not be lost, and God's mercy be upon him and his surviving family. Respectfully,

saadaya

07/01/2009 06:32:26 PM

We all take incarnations on Earth due to our karmic entanglements and we are all fallen beings, full of imperfections and it should not be so difficult to accept other people's failures. It just takes a bit of compassion. I found the article a bit self-absorbed and judgemental.

allenw

07/01/2009 10:35:45 AM

I found this article to be very informative and I was fighting back tears as I read. I look forward to reading the Rabbi's book on Michael Jackson, when it is finally released. I've been watching the news since Michael's death and have spent the last few days getting my thoughts together. I've written a post on my blog, APW3.com about Michael's life and death. http://www.allenpaulweaveriii.com/2009/06/30/the-death-of-michael-jackson/ Thank you.

zerhonna

07/01/2009 09:45:20 AM

First, most of us do not remember what you deem as a dark, tragic life. We remember the beauty and brilliance Micheal gave to the world. We remember the tender, sweetness that he exuded. Those who understood his nature even better than those who knew him personally had faith that Micheal was no molester, that this was a ploy to distroy a force that was too powerful, especially for an African American. He has told many including the media that he was not guilty of those allegations against him and I believe in the future that the truth will come out and the world will see how much they misjudged him and how that misjugdment broke his heart when he loved so easily. Also, the media did more to distroy this man than the pain killers, the medication just caused him to stop breathing. Micheal Jackson was a rarity that we probably shall never see again. Pure hearted people are always crucified in a world where evil is more celebrated than righteousness.

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