Famous Basketball Coach Puts Shabbat First

by Phil Schneider

Amar’e Stoudemire has just put himself into the halls of Jewish heroes for standing up for his religious principles. Stoudemire is a former NBA basketball star who recently was appointed an Assistant Coach of the Brooklyn Nets. But he has now stepped down due to conflicts between the work schedule and Sabbath observance.

This is not the first time that a Jew has sacrificed his career for Sabbath observance. Sandy Koufax and Hank Greenberg were two superstars who did not walk away from their jobs. They just took off a day or two when a baseball game was scheduled on a major Jewish holiday.

There are hundreds of thousands of people who were inspired by their principles. But Stoudemire has taken things up quite another level. He walked away from a great job due to the fact that working on Friday night and Saturday day was not practical due to his religious observance.

He will be lauded for sticking to his principles and will continue to excel in his basketball coaching career – 6 days a week.

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