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Lessons from Jackson’s tragic life    Rabbi Levi Brackman
1. hahahaha he doesn't know the history
of MJ, mmm the main key is child start expose to stardom in very early age this journalist clown wrote an article on subject he is not familiar with, and he generelize(under statment) some people r misserable and they don't give a damn on spirituality, it's more of an phenomena of max attention at early age that suddenly stopes. it happen to 95% of the children stars. so get your narrow perspective reall cause it's not about your bible book and they way you believe.
ghostq   (06.29.09)
2. More tears were shed over jackson
than were ever shed for the hundreds of thousands of American service men and women. Those that risked life, limb and freedom to guarantee that the U.S. would remain free and to fight dictatorships and bring democracy to tens of millions. They deserve the tears and not this mental case!If he never existed would it have made a difference?Everyone seems to forget his past and how he had little boys share his bed.Who cares now that he is gone? As for dying at a relatively young age,how many soldiers died in their late teens or early twenties? How many people who contribute to society do not have one tenth of one percent of the money he had?
jason white ,   afula,israel   (06.29.09)
3. Michael Jackson & charity
...records show that the single biggest check he ever wrote to a charity was for $100,000 in November 1996. This is a sad reflection of the priorities of a person who earned billions of dollars (the statement from the article) Now, truth. Jackson donated and raised millions of dollars for beneficial causes through his foundations, charity singles, and support of 39 charities. (wiki) Jackson was quite active in charity, at one point breaking the Guinness record for most charities supported by a pop star. http://uncivilsociety.org/2009/06/michael-jackson-charity-social.html
M ,   tlv   (06.29.09)
4. #2, Agreed.
(06.29.09)
5. Brackman talks out of his ass again.
Jackson gave millions to charity.
(06.29.09)
6. Sorry
Sorry your sermon didn't work for me. It is all a matter of interpretation. I see another moral in this tale. I look at the young Michael and I see hope, innocence and raw talent. And then I see the Michael the adult and I see something rotten and bazaar. Michael's tragedy was the tragedy of many child stars. He didn't have the emotional or the intellectual tools to deal with his mega success. He turned from a child victim to a victimiser of children.
Arielush ,   Ramat Ha Golan   (06.29.09)
7. To have everything you ever wanted is a curse not a blessing
To have all the money to indulge the sickest of fantasies and be protected by your wealth and fame and the coterie yes men and a family that was in effect dependent on his wealth is a curse not a blessing. In addition the use of drugs is not only a symptom of mental illness but creates mental illness, drugs of any kind will destroy a person.
JMK ,   NYC   (06.29.09)
8. tragic?
What is tragic here is the depth of the fall in morals and ethics that the world is showing in their worship of this person who took from society and left nothing but a theme park of sorts. The satanic influence of demon possessed souls easily rock the world to sleep with glamor and wealth. Is this any different than sodom and gomorah?
David ,   USA, exile   (06.29.09)
9. 3 M, Tel Aviv: Most people donate to charities for the tax
write off. That is how they can afford big homes and ranches: they have parties for disabled and disadvantaged or cancer afflicted children which gives them a tax write off for the whole ranch/house, etc.
Rivkah   (06.29.09)
10. to Rabbi Brackman...please stick to reading the Torah
What a bullshit story...why don't you write about all these religious people in the government who steal for their on greed....Michael Jackson was well known to give generously to various charities... Drugs???? Whole Israel is using drugs...but noone gives a sh*t because the government is busy being corrupt and greedy... You don't know nothing about Michael Jackson, stick with your stupid Torah....Ynet i DARE YOU TO PLACE THIS!!!
moi ,   TA   (06.29.09)
11. I think Michael Jackson is a child of the times.
For me the lesson is, and also concerning Elvis, that they only really lived for their music; making it better, more shocking, more over the top. When Michael felt he could no longer come up with new ideas and stand out, he changed his face over and over again. He built a private Disneyland, he did wacko things. Maybe the every day struggle is what keeps us alive, what keeps us thankful for what we have. Maybe most of us don't have the coping abilities for so much of everything.
vered ,   israel   (06.29.09)
12. MJ
Feel sorry for MJ's children. It is unknown if he was even their biological father.
RW ,   US   (06.29.09)
13. #9 - You missing the point.
I know about writing off taxes, what it have to do with anything? I just pointed out that Brackman distorted the truth trying to push his own unrelated agenda. I find this distasteful... but not surprising.
M ,   tlv   (06.29.09)
14.  INACCURATE AT MOST LEVELS -
This so called "journalist" writes to keep up with the requirements but shows: 1) no expertise on the field> prior knowledge and research on the topic being deal 2) no information whatsoever on facts- he handles loose info 3) himself trying to force his own agenda onto a topic that according to him, fits it. 4) that is not for this task (pls leave it for the real journalists), he should continue with his Torah studies and being productive in any other way, 5) that YNET doesn't check what its columnists write, pity for the reputation of the newspaper. AND I'M NOT A MJ FAN, BUT ITS INTERESTING READING SOMETHING WITH QUALITY, NOT JUST TO FILL THE SPACE. THANKS for the chance of expressing my opinion.
tova ,   Tel Aviv, Israel   (06.29.09)
15. JMK you are right
A Gypsy curse is "May you get what you want."
David ,   New England   (06.29.09)
16. Oh Phuleez!! Jackson was a homosexual pehophile who consumed
massive amounts of ,   drugs. Get real!!   (06.30.09)
17. what you are talking about?
the man gave millions to the poor and to the kids as well as animals .. i think you dont know what you are talking about ,, ynet shouldnt publish such junck
mohammed ,   jerusalem   (06.30.09)
18. Other lessons
I agree and disagree with you viewpoint, Rav Brackman. I think the world is sad for the fact that everyone knew he was unhappy and lonley, having survived an abusive childhood and lonely adulthood. Nothing can ever replace being loved, and that is what he was searching for. I think his musical talent is a legacy he left to the world. He was a musical genius, and despite his wealth, an unhappy person. I think the wealth is second to his musical genius, and we all feel the pain of his tortured life, his search for love. The fact that he achieved fame due to his talent, after all the abuse he suffered, is a huge achievement. An abused child cannot grow into a fully functioning adult without a lot of loveand therapy. I think that is the pain the world feels as well.
Jen ,   Jerusalem   (06.30.09)
19. 'Jewish Wisdom for Business ' you wrote ...
and this alone smells as much as your pagan idols Warren Buffet and Bill Gates. You should do some Techuva Mr Rabbi. For Mikael Jackson, you're also out of touch. Watch Modern Times and think mind control (http://s1.zetaboards.com/LooseChangeForums/topic/1871088/1/)
avi   (06.30.09)
20. #16 Mikael Jackson was NOT pedophile
avi   (06.30.09)
21. #20 Really??? Ok, let's use another phrase for it: He was a
grown man who liked ,   sex with young boys.   (06.30.09)
22. For what is a man profited
if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Matthew 16:26 ,   New Testament   (06.30.09)
23. SPIRITUAL ILLNESS !!!.
Michael Jackson's deepest illness was spiritual – ABSOLUTELY !!!. IF ONE LOOKS UPON THE FOTOS OF HIM AT DIFFERENT AGES, ONE CAN SE IN HIS EYES WHEN IT BEGIN TO GO DOWNWARD. THIS MAN HAS CERTAINLY LOST THE WAY. IN THE END HE LOOKS AS THE DEVIL INCARNATED, AS COMPARED TO HIS EARLY AGES, A LIFE IN TOTAL RUIN, THIS IS WHAT SIN DO TO MAN. THE GOD THING OF HIS DEATH IS, HE CAN NO LONGER DEFRAUD THE YOUNGSTERS WITH HIS SINNING LIFESTAIL, AND TO US ELDERLY AND EXPERIENCED AND MATURED, IT CONFIRMED WHAT WE EXPEKTED ACCORDING TO OUR INSIGHT IN LIFE. Orao.
ORAO STRANKA. ,   TSARIGRAD U SRBIA.   (06.30.09)
24. Chabad's Tragedy
I have never understood why chabad rabbis are so obsessed with money and celebrity. I know you need money to keep your organization afloat, and media to get it, but neither wealthy men or celebrities are inherently worthy of our attention. I'm not interested in the lesson to be learned from yet another passed tinsel-town hack. I'm interested in the lesson to be learned from Moses and the Prophets. Maybe, as a rabbi, let alone the self-proclaimed spitz of Jewish existence a chabad rabbi, you should be too.
David ,   Jerusalem, Israel   (07.05.09)
25. Michael Jackson ridicule- not appreciated
For someone to be associated with such an honorable title such as yourself rabbi, I dont understand the judgement (leave that up to God) and negativity that was thrashed out towards Michaels life. As far as the charity goes, you would know better than i would that money is monetary and someone does not have to give tons and tons of money to fulfill the lives of others in order to do good towards mankind. Michael put his heart and soul into his music and changed a lot of lives in the process in many positive ways. He had a huge impact on peoples lives because he was so talented and many felt the passion through his music. Many to this day get great joy out of listening to The Jackson 5 and The Jacksons. Unfortunately, he had to deal with an unlikely childhood for most. If you did some heavy investigating, I am positive that Michael gave more than just the monetary 100, 000 dating back to 1996. You also failed to mention that he left 20% of his estate to charities. I think if people want to judge, tear down, and ridicule Michaels life-- they should at least give a full side non-biased side and with credible research (the 100,000 1996 charity example is a fluke). If I leave with any lesson from this world and had to say who I thought the most influential person was in my life aside from my religious beliefs, it would be that Michael Jackson had a tender heart, he identified with children, he gave and put everything he had in his work- which would be the reason why he is untouched with his phenomenal records, and was harshly ridiculed by people who were in the end- the same species. God is the one who will judge us on judgement day-- Until then, long live Michael Jacksons positive, hopeful, amazing, genius legacy. God bless his soul. Stay positive. (Have you ever been greased up with baby oil and whipped by your father so the pain would be intensified?) Dont be so harsh on a tender soul.
Emiley ,   Manhattan   (09.29.09)
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