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Michael Jackson

Above everything else in our relationship, Michael was immensely sensitive to my family’s Jewish observance and did everything to respect it at all times. When we would visit him at his homes and hotel suites he would always order kosher food from local restaurants for us. He developed a taste for the cuisine of some well-known kosher restaurants and would often go there on his own after getting to know the restaurant through me.

The speech I composed for him, based on our conversations, that was delivered at the Oxford Union in March, 2001 – one of his crowning achievements where he received a standing ovation and which, unfortunately, has yet to be released by his estate – was filled with Jewish references and wisdom. Michael told me to leave it all in. As a Jehovah’s Witness he felt an immediate kinship and bond with the Jewish people and their teachings.

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Michael was an African-American male who told me that he and his family had experienced a great deal of discrimination in their lives. Surely it is adding insult to injury to accuse Michael of a racism that was never expressed through his actions and never felt in his heart.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Michael Jackson was a practicing Jehovah’s Witness until he was about 30, when he broke officially with them over his work. He embraced people of all religions- among them Islam, Buddhism and other Christian religions (his second wife was Jewish). I am unaware of him ever speaking out against Jews or sympathizing with Nazis (as Rabbi Boteach pointed out) and propofol is hardly a “hard drug”.
    This “story” among others is being passed about by a man named Matt Fiddes who worked once for him as a security man and is now hunting some attention. He never spent much time around Jackson but is trying to use the few existing pictures of them together to publicize his “martial arts empire”. It’s sad, really.
    Thinking people should never confuse accusations with facts.

  2. I'm confused. Was Michael Jackson Jewish that he had a rabbi? Didn't he embrace Islam? Didn't he have legal problems surrounding accusations of pedophilia? Wasn't his death due to an overdose of hard drugs? Is he a positive role model to praised? This is very confusing. Soon people will be saying that Jesus was a friend of the Jews!

  3. I think he was a Jehovah's witness.I guess in his petty mind he thought if he was a Nazi sympathizer that is ultimate whiteness.But he did speak against Jews my mom would know better.She told me when he died because I was sad and she said he hated us.I do not know what he was doing with Rabbi Shmuley?I see the Rabbi on here(FB)everyday.He talks politics:).

  4. once you slammed him for all his child-likeness, now you are pushing to stick his name to your ideals. next time try harder… and make up a new mask.

    you are truely one of those who hold the name of God as a way paver to hide their greed and ambitions. obviously you will keep selling your brief time with him. that I know michael would regret the way he regreted his time with martin bashir.

  5. Michael Jackson was a practicing Jehovah's Witness until he was about 30, when he broke officially with them over his work. He embraced people of all religions- among them Islam, Buddhism and other Christian religions (his second wife was Jewish). I am unaware of him ever speaking out against Jews or sympathizing with Nazis (as Rabbi Boteach pointed out) and propofol is hardly a "hard drug".
    This "story" among others is being passed about by a man named Matt Fiddes who worked once for him as a security man and is now hunting some attention. He never spent much time around Jackson but is trying to use the few existing pictures of them together to publicize his "martial arts empire". It's sad, really.
    Thinking people should never confuse accusations with facts.

  6. once you slammed him for all his child-likeness, now you are pushing to stick his name to your ideals. next time try harder… and make up a new mask.

    you are truely one of those who hold the name of God as a way paver to hide their greed and ambitions. obviously you will keep selling your brief time with him. that I know michael would regret the way he regreted his time with martin bashir.

  7. Sarah, this is media-driven untruth. MJ most certainly did not want to be white; he had terrible vitiligo, as confirmed by the L.A. coroner and photos. And this article clearly shows that MJ felt close to the Jewish people.

  8. Tzvi, it's not good to spread untrue rumors. The rumor that MJ embracing Islam has been thoroughly debunked. He was found innocent of ALL allegations; recent information such as newly released FBI files continue to exonerate him and prove the accusers were extortionists. His death was NOT due to "hard drugs," or any illicit drugs, but incompetence by his physician attending him for insomnia.

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