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Michael Jackson

Death of an icon?


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Visitor Comments: 71

(71) Sarah Leah, August 10, 2009 10:55 AM

The past and the future

My role models are those who have gone before me. All the Yidden who have persevered and never lost sight of who they were. The great sages that left advice, direction and answers to help make it a little easier for future generations. Let's face it, being frum in this world means holding tightly to your roots so you can grow up and be an extention for the future generations.

(70) JON FR, July 20, 2009 8:55 AM

As for Role Models,

Rabbi whilst I understand your need to clearly derfine in todays age who exactly should be role models I would like to make an observation. Michael Jackson , leaving asdie his world famous status and undoutably incredble amount of talent puts you , me and 99% of other people in the courner when it comes to giving Tzdaka. I personally know that through his charlity projects he has help hundreds of thousands of ill children all over this planet , including personally giving over $1m dollars to Asaf Harofeh Medical centre's childrens ward in Israel. If all of todays Pop stars / celebs / businessmen gave 10% of what Michael Jackson has given that would be a miracle. Michael Jackson leaves us standing when it comes to Tzdaka and for that reason and that reason alone his life should be celebrated.

(69) Linda, July 16, 2009 4:35 PM

role models

I enjoyed Michael Jacksons' music without thinking of him as a role model but never heard about the Pepsi commercial and his hair catching on fire or the damage to his scalp before, or even about the skin disease he had. In trying to cover these these things up with wigs, etc., I think it caused him to "look like" more of a nutball than he really was. The words in the music he composed give us so much more to appreciate than his later year appearance, and I'm convinced that he was a beautiful person on the inside. What I'm concerned about after listening to the video is that I have no role model in my own life. I suppose my Mother was my role model while she was alive, but she's been gone since 2003. I'd be interested in knowing just why a role model is essential to our lives. Essential is a word that doesn't leave much room for doubt, so where am I supposed to find an actual role model?

(68) Elana, July 13, 2009 6:57 PM

An Era Gone

I think that the reason MJ's death was talked about so much is because it seems like an ending of an era. I don't think it is his pesonal life or role models issue here. I think that it is nostalgia; many people loved at least some of his songs at one time (me included) and now he is gone...that generation when he was a top singer, is gone. It is a reminder that we are getting older and closer to our own deaths. Not that an idol or a role model is gone, but the time is gone. It forces you to look at your own mortality. People are saying, "I can't believe he is gone" , meaning really, "I can't believe that the time has gone by so quickly..."

(67) , July 13, 2009 1:39 PM

My role models are those who have been dealt extreme hardships in life(abuse,loss,handicaps, pain) and yet have overcome to serve others and Hashem with Joy, counting their blessings

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