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Which NBA star has better Hebrew?

Amar'e Stoudemire vs. Shaquille O'Neal

Aaron Kalman is a former writer and breaking news editor for the Times of Israel

Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal and current player Amar’e Stoudemire are both talented basketball players, but they also have a less well-known skill — they speak Hebrew.

Amar’e visited Israel in 2010, where he spoke about his Jewish roots including Shabbat and Passover, showed his Star of David tattoo and spoke about himself, in Hebrew. He also appeared on Shalom Sesame.

A few days later Shaq showed that he too could speak Hebrew, saying shalom to Amar’e. He also showed off his Ivrit skills to Daily Show host Jon Stewart.

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