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Rabbi Shmuley Unleashed

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach was online with WashingtonPost.com readers on Friday, Oct. 2, at 1 p.m. ET to
discuss his book, The Michael Jackson Tapes, which is an account of his
recorded conversations with the pop star as his spiritual advisor that
took place in 2000 and 2001 and explore Jackson’s feelings about fame,
family and relationships. In addition, Boteach will address the latest
news about the leaked L.A. coroner’s autopsy report which states that
Jackson was a “fairly healthy” 50-year-old before he died of an
overdose.

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Rabbi Shmuley Boteach: Hi. It’s Rabbi Shmuley. Thank you all for
joining us this afternoon. It’s the eve of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot
and I wish everyone a very joyous holiday. I look forward to your
questions and comments.

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Publishing my new book, The Michael Jackson Tapes: A Tragic Icon
Reveals His Soul in Intimate Conversation, has been a fascinating and
at times painful education in the need for Michael’s most diehard fans
to deify him. The book is out only three days. But even as the book
and the Dateline NBC special highlighting the conversations has been
met with international acclaim, near-universal praise, and instantly
entered the best-seller lists, that hasn’t stopped a Tsunami of angry
messages from Michael’s most fanatical fans on their message boards, 
some laced unfortunately with anti-Semitism and even threats of
violence. Their complaint: how dare I call Michael ‘tragic.’ How dare
I not declare unequivocally that he never molested a child. Most of
all, how dare I publish any book that does not completely extol their
fallen deity.

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