LeBron James Schedules Wedding for Yom Kippur

March 8, 2013 3:52 pm 8 comments

Lebron James and Rabbi Yishayahu Yosef Pinto. Photo: TMZ.

NBA superstar Lebron James has sent out invites for his wedding, reports TMZ, but the date may prove problematic for his Jewish guests. James asked guests to set aside Friday Sept. 13 through Sunday Sept. 15 for his wedding to fiancee Savannah Brinson. However, the Jewish high holiday of Yom Kippur begins at sundown on September 13th, and it is customary for Jews to fast and pray during that time.

James has maintained unexpected relationships with members of the Jewish community. In 2010, he paid Rabbi Yishayahu Yosef Pinto, an Israeli rabbi and kabbalist who does not speak English, a six figure sum to provide guidance at a merchandising meeting on an offshore yacht (pictured).  In 2009, James nominated Jay Schottenstein, an Ohio businessman and philanthropist who funded ArtScroll’s  Talmud  translation, for TIME Magazine’s TIME 100 list of most influential people.

8 Comments

  • Does Mr. Keisler suggest Mr. James could bribe Hashem to reschedule Yom Kippur? He refused to reschedule it for the October 1973 war. Is Friday the 13th more important?

  • “…maintained unexpected relationships…”!? Why that? Because he is an athlete? Because he is an African-American athlete? Because he is non-Jewish? Sloppy wording or whatever the reason for that sentence is – sounds fishy, borderline racist…

    • i hear what youre saying but in this csse is it not an unexpected relationship with a ghetto basketball player from ohio and an Israeli Rabbi? My question is…how exactly does one find a Rabbi from israel that is perfect for consulting at merchandising events?

  • I am French and Jewish traditionalist.
    Recently, I went to the office of Rabbi Joseph Pinto that you mention in your article.
    I was with a woman who needed it as a board.
    What was my surprise! A crazy world waiting to go see Rabbi Pinto and we had to wait long hours to finally be able to talk with him.
    So I had plenty of time to observe the people who came to consult him.
    I saw many Muslims and Christians who seemed to be customary these places.
    I was so surprised that I started interviewing women who seemed to know Rabbi Pinto.
    Some came to see him for many years: 22 25 to 30 years.
    My surprise was even greater when I questioned some longer: the intellectual high-level lecturers and professor at Sciences Po Paris.
    So I asked my friend if I could ask him something personal since I was there … just in case …
    It’s been a month ago and I still have to wonder how bad my deepest wish has been realized. I am deeply secular and rational.
    But then, I confess that I have no explanation.
    Less than 20 minutes after raise this issue with Rabbi Pinto, the beginning of the end of this issue was ending.
    Coincidence? I dare not speak of this to anyone but I could not read this article without making a modest contribution.
    Other people with whom I could discuss my also reported strange things. If these men and women are loyal, I guess somewhere Rabbi Pinto brings them actually (just like me) valuable advice if something “extraordinary.”
    As for the Catholics and Muslims who were also waiting (very many), I confess that I am even more confused.

  • Not as bad as our Prime Minister setting for date for General Election On Yom Kippur, Voting is compulsory, although can apply for postal votes.

  • Why are Lebron James’s relationships with members of the Jewish community “unexpected”? He’s a smart guy, well traveled, meets tons of people, and most importantly, he’s openminded and tolerant. I’d be more surprised if someone who knows as many people around the world as Lebron James didn’t have some close relationships with members of the Jewish community.

  • Lawrence Kulak

    LeBron James is a mensch even though I disagreed with his decision to go to Miami and to unbalance the league by stocking talent. Because he is a good person, he has remained practically completely injury free. Yom kippur has nothing to do with him, and Jews don’t belong at Christian weddings anyway.

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