Thursday, December 1st, 2011 at 12:27 pm  |  22 responses

Video: Amar’e Stoudemire Teaches a Hebrew Word on Sesame Street

“Tov” = “???”

Amar’e Stoudemire has been embracing his Jewish roots for a few years now, so this isn’t too surprising. While on the Sesame Street set—along with hanging out with Carmelo Anthony and Grover—STAT filmed the spot above, during which he teaches kids the meaning of the Hebrew word “tov.” As Amar’e says, it’s a good word.

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  • ttimd

    i still dont understand how he can have jewish “roots”…

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  • @Deknowz

    I’ll be “Tov” when your a finals MVP!

  • shutupallenp

    its on his mother’s side. why is that so hard to believe?

  • NJ4Life

    maybe because “jewish” isn’t an ethnicity. It’s a religion. Is Amare Israeli?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Question: If he grows his hair out, is it an Afro or a Jew-fro? THIS QUESTION NEEDS ANSWERING!

  • shutupallenp

    itll be 86% afro and 14% jew-fro

  • Mariano

    His face does kinda have a hebrew kinda shape… Like the shape of his head, the nose and the eyes… Especially the nose

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    It’s a jafro.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    @NJ4Life: “An ethnoreligious group (or ethno-religious group) is an ethnic group of people whose members are also unified by a common religious background. Ethnoreligious communities define their ethnic identity neither exclusively by ancestral heritage nor simply by religious affiliation, but often through a combination of both.”
    It’s amazing what you can read on the internet these days, isn’t it?

  • ttimd

    @Ugh..still doesn’t make sense..how can u combine both religious & ancestral heritage if in Amar’e's case u can only claim one (religious)? he has no ancestral heritage linking him to Israel..clearly his ancestral heritage is african

  • Yann Blavec

    By the way, happy chanukah !!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Chubachuchi

    Some Ethiopians are Jewish for those of you find it hard to believe there are black Jews.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ ttimd: Which Israel are we talking about? I think Amare’s mother does have ethnic Jewish roots, but either way, all Jews are not necessarily white… The original ancestors of Israel probably looked like Middle Easterners, and some even argue they were black Africans.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    There are also Chinese Jews (called Kaifeng Jews).

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    And tonnes of Arab Jews.

  • shutupallenp

    I just wanna point out i dont think they like being called “Jews” lol

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    @shutupallenp: Arab Jews? Sure they do. They’re Jewish. There are Arab Muslims, Arab Jews and Arab Christians. There are even Arab Buddhists. Isn’t it amazing how the world is a culturally complex place?

  • EJ

    Maybe Amare had negroplasty, no?

  • EJ

    I mean he had a bad knee injury, right? It all makes sense.

  • DBz

    Why cant amare have Hebrew roots The original Israelites are black the first man was black and civilization was started in Africa the great king Solomon was black queen sheeba is black Jesus is black

  • http://dsfjklf.com Jukai

    shutupallenp: Having shared tea with a bunch of Arab Jews in the deserts of Israel, I can assure you that they don’t mind being referred to as Jews.