Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson and the Rabbi

TBE's own Gabrielle Birkner also won a Rockower award yesterday, for her work in developing the fabulous website of the Forward. The Forward won a record ten Rockowers.

Gabrielle also located a link recalling Michael Jackson's relationship with noted Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. See Rabbi Shmuley on the Gloved One, z''l.

The LA Jewish Journal has more on its blog, asking, was Jackson a Jew?

No, but Michael Jackson’s ex-wife, Debbie Rowe, considered herself Jewish. I’m not sure if she would be recognized by a beit din, but if so, that would make her kids with Jacko, Paris and Prince, Jewish.

Jackson, though not Jewish, once considered rockstar Rabbi Shmuley Boteach a close friend, though in recent years Jackson got in trouble for saying things like about Jews like “They suck…they’re like leeches. It’s a conspiracy. The Jews do it on purpose.“

Boteach, whose office has been getting overwhelmed with calls since news of Jackson’s collapse broke less than an hour ago, is in Iceland and couldn’t be reached on his cell. But here is an excerpt from a rare interview Boteach did with the SomethingJewish message board about his friendship with Jackson:

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