Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Basketball Star Amar'e Stoudemire Converts to Judaism, Talks About Torah Study

American basketball star Amar'e Stoudemire completed his conversion to Judaism last week, just after being given the MVP award for his winning ways for the Maccabi Tel Aviv team.

In April 2018, Stoudemire began converting to Judaism. In January 2019, Stoudemire was granted residency in Israel. In March 2019, he received Israeli citizenship, and he also adopted the name Jehoshaphat ben Avraham. He formally converted to Judaism with a Rabbinic court on August 26, 2020.

Stoudemire has been playing basketball since high school and became a star in the NBA, playing for four teams in the USA. After his retirement, he joined the Hapoel Jerusalem team, and is now playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv.

A few months ago Stoudemire was interviewed on Israel TV by Omri Casspi, an Israeli basketball player who played on teams in the USA for ten years. In the interview, Stoudemire explains his attraction to Judaism and the study of Torah. Below the video we're posting a short clip of Stoudemire, in Black Hat Haredi attire, dancing with his rabbis in B'nei Brak.

Mazal tov Amar'e on completing your conversion and your MVP award!

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