Friday, August 02, 2013

Amar'e Stoudemire Seeks Israeli Citizenship

Readers may have noted my long absence from posting. I explained to one inquirer that the news bored me. But at last there is really something important to write about. Previously, back in July 2010, in a post entitled "Mover Over, Jordan Farmar. Amar'e Stoudemire is the NBA's Biggest Jewish Star," , the Kosher Hedgehog reported on New York Knicks star Amar'e Stoudemire's claim of maternal Jewish ancestry (which is what counts under Jewish law) and his enthusiasm about his first trip to Israel. Since then, Mr. Stoudemire has made several trips to the Holy Land, most recently to participatae in the Maccabiah Games as assistant coach of the Canandian basketball team. He has even purchased an ownership interest in the Israeli basketball club, HaPoel Jerusalem. He has told JTA that he is regularly studying Jewish holy texts with New York rabbis. Now comes the lastest news--my Jewish brother Amar'e is seeking Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return. Amar'e, my brother, may you be successful and move from stength to strength.