Officially Jewish! Amar’e Stoudemire Goes Kosher, Gets Tatted & Sends Hebrew Tweets

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NBA player Amare Stoudemire seen here out in Tel Aviv

Amare has returned from his Holy tour of Jerusalem and officially declared himself Jewish. In doing so, he has also decided to pay homage his new religion by rocking a Yarmulke, getting tatted with the 12 tribes of Israel and the star of David and even tweeting in Hebrew.

The $100 million New York Knick, who recently traveled to Israel to research his Jewish roots, told Page Six yesterday that he’s a practicing Jew “spiritually and culturally” — and he’s even keeping kosher, he says.

“I’m not a religious person, so it’s not from a religious standpoint,” he said.

Stoudemire sat with Page Six after traveling with 30 kids on a double-decker bus from Madison Square Garden to Times Square, where a billboard for the Garden of Dreams Foundation was unveiled.

The NBA All-Star said he was pointed toward Judaism by his “very spiritual” mother, and by his reading of scriptures since he was young. “I didn’t grow up in a Jewish home. I never had a bar mitzvah, never celebrated the holy days growing up,” Stoudemire said.

But since returning from Israel, where he toured Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the Dead Sea, Stoudemire is keeping up with his studies: “I figure, what the scriptures speak about, that’s what I celebrate.”

When told that some cynics suggest his new faith may help sell more Knicks tickets, Amar’e responded, “This has nothing to do with New York.” For the past 2½ years, he’s had a large “12 Tribes” tattoo — referring to the 12 Tribes of Israel — on his left bicep.

Stoudemire was inked with a Star of David tattoo on his left hand about “four or five months” ago, and has been tweeting in Hebrew for more than a year. He said he won’t miss any games during the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur — “Playing the games are my livelihood. But I’m still going to celebrate the holidays.”

The 6-10 forward recently visited Midtown kosher steakhouse Prime Grill, where he received an after-dinner blessing with Rabbi Joshua Metzger (see photo, opposite page). At The Lion on West Ninth Street, he requested a kosher meal — fish and grilled tomatoes. Mazel tov!

So he’s Jewish from a ‘spiritual’ but not ‘religious’ standpoint, tweets in Hebrew and decorates his ‘temple’ with tatts to prove it. Sounds Jewish to us.


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  • Olivia

    Sounds like a dumb thing to do of you ask me. Gimmick, that’s it. How can he join a religion, wear a skull cap and act like he’s not religious? What else is there to be when you’ve adopted the customs of a religious man? What he’s doing is devoid of meaning otherwise! Smh

  • I Am Legend

    He want that Jew money since he livin in NY

  • Chrissy

    Sooo I wonder has he researched his black roots too cause I bet he has more black people in his family line than Jews…

    • Mr Fantastic

      Well thats the thing the real jews are black. Thats what people don’t understand.

    • STUPIDITY IS A DISEASE

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      The nappier the hair, the more black they are.

      Look at Justin Timberlake!

      You do the math

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    This guy is a MORON!!

    • Chris1761

      No he isn’t….You just hate jewish people.

  • deesac

    So I guess he had to denouced Jesus to be come a Jew.

  • It's Me

    this negro done BUMPED his head..Is he looking for attention also? go get with a hodashian for that matter.

  • Taraneh

    i thought jews didnt believe in marking up your body?

  • simeon

    @ Taraneh.

    As a Jew you can be tattooed, you just wont be allowed to be buried in a Jewish cemetery. It will be almost as if you tarnish the very ground you will be laid in.

    • Sha

      hmm..interesting.

  • gucciframes

    ahhh the last time i checked…HE CAN DO WHATEVER THE FCK HE WANTS TO DO!….especially buy me an all black range rover with ivory seats would really be preferable.

  • kai kai

    first of all the blacks are the real jews,not the whites who call them selves jews…do some research and read your bible. Revelation 2:9 (King James Version)

    I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

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      THATS WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT! PREACH WOMAN PREACH!! YOU KNOW YOUR STUFF. AMEN

  • tevin

    You niccas make me sick slamming this guy at least he aint out there fugging up having kids he don’t take care of getting arrested but what’s funny all you lame hood niccas would have more respect for him if he was that’s how ignorant you are smh if he was acting like a lame thug which by the way is lame you idiots claiming to be thugs only do so cuzz you have nothing else going for you morons tired of niccas love black people hate you ignorant azz niccas you niccas hurt and hate on blacks more then all races combined robing stealing raping and killing each other but talk shid about the dumbest stuff hate you all fuggalyall lame thugs

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  • kai kai

    first of all the blacks are the real jews,not the whites who call them selves jews…do some research and read your bible. Revelation 2:9 (King James Version)

    I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

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  • Really?

    @Ms.Rachael- I was thinking the same thing! I can understand one saying he is spiritual, but I never thought you could be a practicing Jew and not be religious!

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