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  • Michael Jackson’s personal physician sentenced to four years in prison

    By Ryan Torok

    November 29, 2011 | 11:50 am

    Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician who attended to Michael Jackson before the pop singer’s death, was sentenced to four years in prison and denied probation on Tuesday. Earlier this month, Murray was found guilty of one count of involuntary manslaughter of the late pop star who died in...

  • Expert propofal witness says jury right to convict Jackson doc

    By Ryan Torok

    November 7, 2011 | 4:07 pm

    Less than two hours after the guilty verdict against Michael Jackson’s personal physician Conrad Murray was issued, Jewish cardiologist Alon Steinberg, who testified as an expert witness against Murray, praised the jury’s decision.

    “Thank God the jury did the right thing,”...

  • The tabloidization of Britain

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    July 8, 2011 | 10:52 am

    Ten years ago I tried to extract Michael Jackson from the hell of a tabloid life. Nothing hurt him more than being referred to as Wacko Jacko, something he always told me originated in the British tabloids. And it is worth mentioning, now that we have commemorated the second...

  • Michael Jackson: bigger than Jesus

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 9, 2009 | 3:47 pm

    Remember John Lennon’s bigger-than-Jesus remark? Well, would you imagine that Michael Jackson’s spokesman thinks that, I guess since he was the King of Pop, that he was just he emitted more love than any...

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  • Michael Jackson in heaven?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 7, 2009 | 3:10 pm

    It’s probably akin to pissing on someone’s grave to say at their funeral anything other than the fact that they’re up in heaven, celebrating with God, instead of stuck here on earth with the rest of us. So it’s not surprising that though Michael Jackson’s family couldn’t decide on...

  • Michael Jackson: Muslim, Christian and Jew?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 7, 2009 | 12:35 pm

    Michael Jackson’s death has created a cottage industry in journalism. Frontpage coverage at major metros has been almost nonstop. The Los Angeles Times even created an MJ-specific Twitter feed. Jackson’s star-studded and God-free funeral service, starting in about an hour at the...

  • The Importance of Being Michael

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 6, 2009 | 5:06 pm

    “Why aren’t you talking about Michael Jackson more?”

    The question, from a caller to Larry Mantle’s KPCC-Pasadena public radio program “AirTalk,” interrupted a discussion of the budget mess in Sacramento.  Actually, it was more a wail than a question – a crack about...

  • Michael Jackson and the Jews

    By Tom Tugend

    June 30, 2009 | 4:12 pm

    Michael Jackson’s life was full of contradictions, and his relationship to Jews and the Jewish community was no exception.

    He asked to be allowed to visit the Museum of Tolerance and its Holocaust exhibit one week before its opening in February 1993.

    Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of...

  • RARE PHOTOS OF MICHAEL JACKSON’S POSSESSIONS

    By JewishJournal.com

    June 26, 2009 | 3:21 pm

    The following images are photos from a Michael Jackson auction.  In the midst of financial troubles, Jackson decided to auction off a number of his belongings through Julien’s Auctions.  He later had second thoughts and sued for the return of some items.  Jackson and Julien’s...

  • MICHAEL JACKSON: Memories of my Childhood

    June 26, 2009 | 2:43 pm

    This column originally appeared in OLAM Magazine, a journal of Jewish spirituality.  Reprinted here with permission of the editor, David Suissa. To read David Suissa’s reflection on meeting Jackson, click here.

    When I look back on my childhood, it is not an idyllic landscape of...

  • The Day I Sang for Michael Jackson

    By David Suissa

    June 25, 2009 | 9:28 pm

    “Sing me your favorite melody, David”, Michael Jackson said to me.

    I was sitting alone with Michael in one of the many living rooms at his Neverland ranch in the summer of 2000, and we were talking about melodies.

    I had come up to see him because we were planning to discuss him...

  • Jackson, once king of pop, converts to Islam?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 21, 2008 | 3:16 pm

    It all appears to be rumor right now, but the celebrity tabloids are reporting that Michael Jackson—yes, that Michael Jackson—has converted to Islam and changed his name to Mikaeel.

    The former king of pop is certainly known for his physical transformations, but a spiritual...

  • Jacko’s Jewish Kids Going Muslim?

    By Adam Wills

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    New allegations are being thrown Michael Jackson's way, but this time they're not child molestation charges. The reclusive Debbie Rowe, Jackson's Jewish ex-wife and the mother who surrendered custody of their two children, is worried that the singer is allowing Prince Michael I and...