Basketball Superstar Amar’e Stoudemire Has Officially Converted to Judaism and His Name is Now Yehoshafat Stoudemire

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Yehoshat Stoudemire

The Hebrew Web Site shows Stoudemire celebrating with the Rabbi Avraham Yishayahu Kanievsky, oldest son of Charedi leader, Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky.
Stoudemire learns Torah with a Chevruta at the Charedi Kollel Orchot Yosher in Bnei Brak.
Stoudemire Celebrating His Conversion
Rabbi Asher Weiss in a Hebrew article at
states there is not an outright obligation for the convert to change his name, but provides sources why it is worthwhile.

Rambam: Changing One’s Name As A Tool For Teshuva

Hilchot Teshuva 2:4 as translated by

Among the paths of repentance is for the penitent to

a) constantly call out before G-d, crying and entreating;

b) to perform charity according to his potential;

c) to separate himself far from the object of his sin;

d) to change his name, as if to say “I am a different person and not the same one who sinned;”

e) to change his behavior in its entirety to the good and the path of righteousness; and f) to travel in exile from his home. Exile atones for sin because it causes a person to be submissive, humble, and meek of spirit.

Here is a Wikipedia link if someone is curious about Yehoshafat Stoudemire’s background, before the conversion: