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  • 10 facts you may not have known about Michael Jackson, the Jews and Israel

    Three years ago today the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, passed away.
    Jackson’s connection to the Jewish community and Israel was strong but also controversial at times. Here are some facts you may not have known about MJ, the Jews and Israel.
    1. Jackson was good friends with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    The outspoken New Jersey rabbi (and congressman wannabe) met Michael Jackson in 1999 with the help of Jackson’s friend, Israeli illusionist Uri Geller, and the two became buddies. Jackson even came over to Boteach’s house for Shabbat dinners. The rabbi has publicly stood by Jackson — defending him against allegations of  being a Nazi sympathizer or continuing to work with him on children’s issues despite the accusations of sex abuser. And then there was the post-death book of interviews.   More ▸

  • Did Michael Jackson learn the moonwalk from a Holocaust survivor?

    Did Michael Jackson take his most famous dance move from a Jewish mime? We revisit this myth on what would have been the King of Pop’s 53rd birthday. [[READMORE]] Born August 29, 1958, Michael Jackson was long rumored to have borrowed the moonwalk from the legendary French mime Marcel Marceau. This alleged association ran in Marceau’s… More ▸

  • Shmuley: I might run for office

    Rabbi Shmuley Boteach says he is considering a run for public office after local officials failed to prevent a Libyan ambassador from moving in next door to him. More ▸