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Amar’e Stoudemire Says Jews Shouldn’t Celebrate Halloween

But two years ago the New York Knick dressed up as Solomon

Stephanie Butnick
November 01, 2013
Amar’e Stoudemire as King Solomon 2011.(@Amareisreal)
Amar’e Stoudemire as King Solomon 2011.(@Amareisreal)

“As the Children of Israel (Jacob) we must separate ourselves from anything pagan. #BlessedBeTheCreator #YHWH #GodBody,” New York Knick power forward Amar’e Stoudemire posted on Instagram yesterday, alongside a malicious-looking pumpkin with an ominous strikethrough.

Come on, Stat. First you buy an Israeli basketball team, apply for Israeli citizenship, and tell everyone much you love Passover, making the rest of us look bad. Now you tell us we can’t celebrate Halloween because of its pagan roots? What gives, Amar’e?

You used to love Halloween! Remember when you dressed up as Solomon, complete with Tevas? (Tevas! that’s commitment.) It was Halloween 2011, and everything was so much simpler then. You wore a funny beard and wig and a gold lame robe, and proudly posted a picture on Twitter (it was 2011, so you were using yfrog, LOL). You remember, don’t you? Please say you remember.

Stephanie Butnick is chief strategy officer of Tablet Magazine, co-founder of Tablet Studios, and a host of the Unorthodox podcast.