I've been wrestling with this news for several minutes, trying to come up with just the right reaction that balances religious sensitivity with the inherent comedic potential.â†µ
It's harder than you might think.
Let's just let the facts speak for themselves.â†µ
Stoudemire plans to spend time in Israel learning Hebrew, having recently learned he has a Jewish mother.â†µ
It is interesting to note that report cites Amar'e as having "a" Jewish mother as opposed to saying that this woman, commonly known around town as Amar'e's mother, is in fact the bearer of the appropriate blood lines.â†µâ†µ
Not to suggest Carrie Stoudemire (quoted in the video above saying how good it feels to be arrested and not be drunk) isn't the mother in question, but it does seem like odd timing to reveal such news.â†µ
Cynics might speculate that Amare is angling his way on to the Israeli National Team for the 2012 Olympics where he won't have to compete with stars like LeBron or Brook Lopez for title of Team Mensch (aka ×ž×¢× ×˜×©).â†µ
Omri Casspi, however, can't be too pleased. Perhaps he should see if there's any Romanians in his family tree.â†µ
* There is a seldom referenced portion of Jewish Talmudic law that allows "tweets, grunts, writings on small stone tablets or other abbreviated forms of communication..." to be used as acceptable means of coming out as a Jew."