Shaq Dances the Horah at a Jewish Wedding
TMZ reports that guests at the Blair Markowitz and Corey Salter wedding were unsuccessful in lifting the former NBA basketball star in a chair during the horah dance (the traditional Jewish circle dance at Jewish weddings and Bar Mitzvahs). “Which means we’ll never know the answer to the question — how many Jews does it take to lift Shaquille O’Neal?”
The groom’s father, Jamie Salter, works with Shaq through his Authentic Brands Group company, which owns and manages Shaq’s intellectual property and branding, along with other former athletes like Dr. J and Muhammad Ali. Corey Salter also works for Authentic Brands.
As the band sings “Moshiach! Moshiach!” Shaq and other wedding guests dance in the Horah circle at the Miami wedding where, according to TMZ, guest were reported to still be dancing until 2:30 in the morning.
Having hung out with Shaq at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas the past three years I’ve gotten to know that he’s a bit of a philo-Semite and is very interested in Hebrew. I’m always happy to teach Shaq a few new Hebrew words.
Rabbi Jason Miller, the co-founder of PopJewish.com, is a technology entrepreneur, educator and blogger. He is president of Access Computer Technology in Detroit and a popular speaker on the intersection of technology and Judaism. Follow him on Twitter at @RabbiJason.