LeBron James, a Rabbi, and You

by August 11, 2010

TMZ somehow obtained a picture of LBJ holding hands with a Rabbi, and Daily Finance explains who this mysterious dude is: “In a move likely to puzzle some of his fans, James met Tuesday with Yishayahu Yosef Pinto, a 37-year-old spiritual leader whose following in the business community is as intense as it is mysterious to the uninitiated. According to TMZ, the NBA star was seeking guidance in advance of a major merchandising meeting set to take place on a yacht later in the day. A follower of Pinto’s tells DailyFinance that the meeting was arranged by Jay Schottenstein, an Ohio retail executive who himself has become acquainted with Pinto in recent months … The follower of Pinto’s adds that James made a ‘six-figure payment’ to Pinto’s organization, Shuva Israel, in the course of arranging the meeting … Strange as that sounds, James is far from the only well-known personage to seek Pinto’s counsel on worldly matters. A descendant of famous Moroccan rabbis on both his parents’ sides, Pinto has for several years been regarded as something of a guru in the New York real estate community. ‘Rabbi Pinto, who has no formal business education, only speaks Hebrew and won’t meet with women, is considered by Israeli real estate professionals as well as people in other professions and of different faiths to be a holy man,’ wrote The Real Deal, a real estate industry publication, in a 2008 profile. Others who have attended his sermons or waited on him in person include Congressman Anthony Weiner, former New York governor Mario Cuomo, ad executive Donny Deutsch, jeweler-to-the-stars and convicted felon Jacob Arabo, and public relations man Ronn Torossian, according to various published reports.”