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Stoudemire Seeking Israeli Citizenship

This is just what Israel does not need – another non-Jew claiming he is a Jew. NY Knicks star Stoudemire wants to be an Israeli but as for Torah, he likes to pick and choose his commandments.
NY Knicks star Stoudemire claims Jewish roots and wants to be an Israeli. If he wants to observe the Torah, he will have to remove his tattoos, prohibited by Jewish law.

NY Knicks star Stoudemire claims Jewish roots and wants to be an Israeli. If he wants to observe the Torah, he will have to remove his tattoos, prohibited by Jewish law.
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons: Keith Allison

Israel may be about to import another self-anointeded Jew, this time New York Knicks start Amar’e Stoudemire, who claims he has Jewish roots.

His agent Happy Walters told New York magazine that the Knicks’ power forward is ”getting citizenship.” He added, ”He applied, and he’s there now,” meaning he is touring Israel.

Stoudemire went to Israel for the Maccabiah Games as the assistant coach of the Canadian basketball squad. The games ended earlier this week.

At his wedding last year to Alexis Welch, Stoudemire donned a kippa and prayer shawl for the “Hebraic” ceremony. In July, he announced he had become a part owner in the Israeli basketball club HaPoel Jerusalem.

He told the JTA in an exclusive interview last month that, he is in regular dialogue with New York rabbis, studies Torah and observes the High Holidays.

“I’m not a religious person, I’m more of a spiritual person, so I follow the rules of the Bible that coordinate with and connect with the Hebrew culture,” Stoudemire told JTA.

In other words, he picks and chooses from the Torah whatever suits him.

The JTA contributed to this article.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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3 Responses to “Stoudemire Seeking Israeli Citizenship”

  1. I see nothing wrong with a gentile picking and choosing the mitzvot he wishes to observe. After all, he's not obligated to keep them (except for the Noachide 7). Such picking and choosing may in fact be a first step toward a genuine, sincere conversion. I don't understand why the article is so negative. I think a wait-and-see attitude is called for here.

  2. I see nothing wrong with a gentile picking and choosing the mitzvot he wishes to observe. After all, he's not obligated to keep them (except for the Noachide 7). Such picking and choosing may in fact be a first step toward a genuine, sincere conversion. I don't understand why the article is so negative. I think a wait-and-see attitude is called for here.

  3. Eva Feld says:

    Whyu didn't he say that while he lived in Phoenix at the Espanade? We all would have loved sponsoring a Kiddush for him.

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