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All-Star “Jewish” Amar’e Stoudemire Headed for Jerusalem


י״ז במרחשון ה׳תש״פ (15 בNovember 2019)


Amar'e Stoudemire, 33, a six-time 6-foot-10 NBA All-Star has retired from the NBA and signed a two-year deal with Hapoel Jerusalem, in which he has a small ownership stake since 2013. He had played 14 NBA seasons with the Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat.

“This is a very emotional decision for me,” Stoudemire said at a press conference in Madison Square Garden in New York. “At this moment I’m going to uproot my family. Now we will be moving to a different country where we have never lived before.

“It is also a spiritual journey for us,” he added. “Playing for Jerusalem allows me to take care of my spiritual journey and continue my professional career.”

In a letter published on The Players’ Tribune, Stoudemire wrote, “The Scripture speaks about Jerusalem as a holy place, and I can feel that whenever I’m in the city. This is a chance for me to be a better husband and a better father, to help me lead my family into righteousness. The opportunity to play there, and grow as a player and person, is a blessing.

“As my father used to tell me, “The sky’s the limit. Time to soar.”

Stoudemire had a Jewish wedding with a tallis and kipa, enjoys Shabbos meals and occasionally wears a kipa. He is particular to eat kosher food and says, “I am not technically Jewish but it feels natural to me.”

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