Shaquille O’Neal, gentle giant and retired basketball player, greeted Rabbi Jason Miller at the International CES trade show, in Las Vegas late Tuesday with all the words he knows in Hebrew, according to the rabbi who posted footage on his blog and Facebook account.
Rabbi Miller said he asked 7 ft 1 in (2.16m) Shaq, now an analyst on the television program Inside the NBA, to say “Shabbat Shalom,” which the rabbi recorded him doing on his phone.
The rabbi’s Facebook friends were amused, and impressed.
“This is the most amazing thing that I will see today. Thank you!” wrote Kenny Stolman, an account executive at Microsoft.
Amy Newman, from Bloomfield, Michigan asked, “How many kids would miss Hebrew school if Shaq were their Hebrew teacher? A: NONE!”
Others reported to having seen the big man speak in Hebrew before, in 2012, on the Jon Stewart show.
The International CES is a global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow that takes place every January in Las Vegas.
Watch Shaq say “Shabbat Shalom” below.