Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who was a spirtual advisor to Michael Jackson for a time, reveals why he gave his taped conversations to NBC’s "Dateline" in this piece he wrote for the Jerusalem Post.
In one passage in the article Schmuley writes that Jackson "wanted to make sure that Moms and Dads understood the risks of shortchanging their children. In one moving comment, which will be played on the NBC special, he told me just how badly he wanted to establish a regular holiday for kids: ‘I want the holiday so badly, that’s my dream. We should mention it to the UN. To me, it’s criminal not to acknowledge the children, our greatest asset. If there had been a Children’s Day when I was little and I could look at my father, ‘Okay, Daddy, Joseph, what are we going to do today?’ Do you know what that would have meant for me? He’d go, ‘Well, do you want to go to the movies?’ That would have meant so much to me. You just need that one moment of attention.’ "
–Allison J. Waldman and Chuck Ross