NBA All-Star Amare Stoudemire in Israel to trace potential Jewish roots and study Hebrew

Friday, July 30, 2010

Knicks’ Stoudemire in Israel to trace Hebrew roots

JERUSALEM — Amare Stoudemire already knows some Hebrew phrases and sports a Star of David tattoo. Now he’s come to Israel to explore what might be his Jewish heritage.

The five-time NBA All-Star who recently signed with the New York Knicks is on a weeklong visit to learn about Israel, its language and religions. He believes he has “Hebrew roots” through his mother, Carrie.

“She studied the scriptures and history and she believes she is a Hebrew,” he told The Associated Press on Friday in Jerusalem. “I grew up in a very spiritual home. It’s not about religion, it’s about spirituality for me.”

Stoudemire said he was “soaking up the culture,” with his girlfriend and a few other friends from home.

He has long suspected his Jewish lineage — Judaism is passed down through the mother’s side. Stoudemire’s agent, Happy Walters, said his client is a “student of history” and is “exploring religions in general.” He added that Soudemire may turn to a genealogist when he returns to New York to dig deeper.

The 6-foot-10 forward signed a five-year, $100 million contract with the Knicks three weeks ago. He will now be playing in the city with the largest Jewish population in the United States.

The NBA features two Jewish players: Israeli Omri Casspi of the Sacramento Kings and Jordan Farmar of the New Jersey Nets. When Farmar joined the Los Angeles Lakers in 2006, he became the NBA’s first Jewish player since Danny Schayes — son of Hall of Famer Dolph Schayes — retired in 1999.

Stoudemire said he’s spoken to Casspi a few times about Judaism, “but we didn’t go into details about it.”

Stoudemire has begun studying Hebrew and his Twitter page features such words as “Shalom,” ”Le’chayim” and “ze ha’halom sheli,” Hebrew for “this is my dream.”

“It’s great,” he said. “Hebrew is the original language.”

On Twitter, he also called himself “the new Reggie White,” saying “I’m going 2 Israel 2 study Hebrew. It’s time 2 get a better understanding on who we R.”

White, the late NFL star and ordained minister, traveled to Israel late in his life and studied Hebrew to learn scripture in its original form.

Stoudemire spent his first eight NBA seasons with the Phoenix Suns, where he won the 2003 Rookie of Year award and became one of the league’s dominant players. Now, his possible Jewish ties have stirred interest in Israel, with bloggers dreaming he could one day join the Israeli national team.

Stoudemire, however, laughed that off.

“I’m looking forward to playing in the 2012 Olympics,” he said. “For the USA.”


July 31, 2010: 4:25 pm

Respected friend!!!
Allow me to greet you firstly, and to ask you for your health, family and love. If they are good, it might mean that also business, profit, success or anything will be very god.Have you ever wondered where the expression, “knock on wood” comes from? There are several theories dating back to the Pagans, Christians and ancient Celtics. The most common is that knocking on a tree woke the good spirits who would protect people from evil. Today’s version includes knocking on any wood-like surface, but the premise remains the same–preventing bad luck. To me, it’s just another form of negative thinking–focusing on the bad instead of the good.
You bring into your life that which you focus upon. If you’re one of those people who thrives on gloom and doom, yanking others into your web of despair, and then gloating about your foresight when life becomes as miserable as you feared–guess what? This becomes your own self-fulfilling prophecy! You will always live in victim mode, shunning happiness, while you anticipate your next inevitable misfortune.

Amid these forces of negativity, notice that there are others who always seem cheerful, finding the good in any situation or person. The words, “Murphy’s Law,” never touch their lips! You may think that they have all the good luck. And they do! Because they focus on how great things are or can be, versus what can ruin it. And, if something does go wrong, they find the lesson in the experience–maybe even the silver lining–and move on positively. These are the people who choose optimism.

When I woke up one day to find my car tire flat in my driveway, I didn’t think, “These things always happen to me. This car has been bad luck since I bought it.” Instead I chose to think, “Wasn’t I lucky to have this happen here, instead of while I was driving 60MPH on the freeway?” OK… you say, “Big deal! It’s just a flat tire. What about the really bad stuff that happens to us, like death, divorce, bankruptcy, illness?” My answer stays the same–How you see it is still your choice. I lost four family members in four years, and my mother was ill for ten years. After that devastating time, I decided to write a book to help others deal with tragedy. I wanted to turn those tragedies into something positive for others and myself.

That was my choice.

Optimism is a learned behavior. If no one in your life has ever taught you to be positive, then it becomes your choice to learn. You create the reality around you with your thoughts, words and actions. It’s the law of the universe–what you put out, you get back. Simple.

Negativity zaps so much energy from you and comes back ten times stronger. It’s cold, dark and heavy on your soul, while being cheerful and optimistic feels like a cool summer breeze–light, sweet and airy. Try it sometime; you may never go back.

Five ways to choose optimism in your life:

Hang around positive people even if it seems uncomfortable at first.
If you work or live with negative people, don’t get pulled into their fear or impose your opinion upon them.
Try to change every negative thought and word to a positive one.
Always assume the best from people and situations.
Make positive affirmations–if you say it enough, you’ll start believing it.

Thank you very much indeed, Please I will like you to accept this token with good faith as this is from the bottom of my heart. Thanks and God bless you and your family.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Your’ s Faithfully,

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