The latest crazy news coming out of the entertainment world is that Lebron James has now hired the world famous Rabbi Pinto (I even have a friend in Rabbi Pinto’s yeshiva in New York!) to consult with on business matters.
It is crazy, because a)Lebron isn’t Jewish (unless he has “Hebrew roots” like Ama’re Stoudamire has because his mama studied the Old Testament) and b) Rabbi Pinto no speaka de English. Perhaps he had a translator there, though no translator is seen in the picture, but more likely he is consulting based on his kabalistic ability to glean insight into matters.
The picture is from the entertainment site TMZ
TMZ has obtained this exclusive photo of LeBron James in a business meeting earlier today with Rabbi Yishayahu Yosef Pinto … a man known around New York as the “Rabbi to the Business Stars.”
Sources involved with the meeting tell us LeBron had hired Rabbi Pinto for spiritual guidance for a “big merchandising meeting” that took place on a private yacht somewhere off the coast of NY just hours ago.
Rabbi Pinto — a 37 year-old-man who speaks only Hebrew — has met with all sorts of business moguls in the past … and is considered by some to be a “spiritual guide” who consults on business matters.
We’re told LeBron paid in the neighborhood of 6-figures to get Rabbi Pinto to sit in on today’s meeting … in which LeBron heard presentations from several “big time” retail execs.
It’s been a big summer for the Jews — with Amar’e Stoudemire meeting with rabbis in Israel … and Shaq learning Hebrew.
It’s only a matter of time before they start poppin’ Manischewitz in the clubs!
Hey – if Lebron James can consult with a rabbi,, there is no reason why Shwekey shouldn’t!
I wonder if he also consulted the Rabbi before he decided which team to sign for…Perhaps one of the reasons he chose Miami is to be closer to Rabbi Pinto, as one of Rabbi Pinto’s franchise shuls is located in Miami…
The Yahoo Sports
report on this also had a cute line about this:
They say three is a trend, so now all we need is a third NBA superstar to do anything involving anything Jewish. I’m putting my money on Chris Bosh(notes) praising the health benefits of kugel. He seems to like to hop on whatever fad he can.
I don’t know why they missed out on the point about Shaq learning Hebrew, so the trend of three already happened.
And let’s not forget, James has already expressed
in the past that one of the people he most admires is Ohio philanthropist Jay Schottenstein…