‘Fun fact’ about Steph Curry’s Hebrew tattoo is causing a stir on Twitter – J.

Earlier this month, Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry set a new NBA record for most 3-point hoops when he gutted No. 2,974 in a game against the Knicks from New York. On December 28, he reached number 3,000 in front of his audience at the Chase Center in San Francisco. That night, he also tied his own record of 157 straight games with at least one made 3.

As social media users and the media celebrated and analyzed the future Hall of Fame’s 3-point prowess, a local Warriors fan had something else on his mind.

On December 27, Graduate Theological Union Assistant Professor Sam Shonkoff shared a very Jewish “fun fact” about Curry on Twitter that garnered quite a bit of attention. In his tweet, he pointed out that the Hebrew word tattooed on Curry’s left wrist, קרי (kuf-resh-yud), is both a transliteration of the player’s last name as well as a well-known Talmudic euphemism for ” accidental emission ”or“ ejaculation during sleep. ”

The tweet received over 300,000 impressions, or views, and dozens of responses ranging from 😂 to 😳.

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“It clearly struck a chord, more than my work on Jewish mysticism,” Shonkoff told J. in an interview. “I’m in a very specific niche where I’m a huge fan of Warriors and I love Steph Curry, and at the same time I’m a specialist in Jewish studies. This is probably why I noticed this thing before most of the others.

Shonkoff, 37, explained that in rabbinical literature, the term “ba’al keri” (which literally means “master of an accident”) refers to someone who has experienced what is commonly referred to as a wet dream and therefore is considered to be in a state of ritual impurity. “It’s this huge source of anxiety in the rabbinical tradition,” he said. “It has to do with the issues of niddah – menstrual impurities – and who you can come in contact with, where you can go. “

He noted that the stakes were especially high for the high priest when the Temple was standing in Jerusalem. For example, in Pirkei Avot 5: 5, the fact that “no emission occurred to the high priest on the day of atonement” is considered some kind of miracle because the priest was able to enter the Holy of Holies and perform his homeworks. on behalf of the Jewish people.

Shonkoff, who specializes in German Jewish thought and Hasidic mysticism, said he made the connection between the transliterated name Curry and “keri” a few years ago, but only recently adopted Twitter as a place to share such wandering thoughts. Her favorite response to her tweet came from Kno, a rapper and producer with CunninLynguists. “He can shoot in his sleep so it holds true”, Kno tweeted. Others mocked “Splash Brothers,” the nickname given to Curry and his teammate Klay Thompson, another prolific 3-point shooter before he was sidelined by injuries. (Thompson, who is expected to return to the field later this season, holds one of the few 3-point records not held by Curry: most 3-pointers scored in a game, 14.)

Twitter being Twitter, not everyone liked the tweet. “Yo, I really didn’t need to know that” moaned a curry fan. A native Hebrew speaker protested that the modern Hebrew term for “wet dream” is slightly different, -לילה, “kri-lilah”. “Knowing modern Hebrew is not the same as knowing the Talmud,” Shonkoff retorted.

It is not known if Curry or people close to him saw the tweet or if they are aware of the euphemistic meaning of the tattoo. (Other members of his family have the same tattoo, including his brother and fellow NBA player Seth Curry.) “I almost feel a little bit guilty if I embarrass him, but the world now knows it. “said Shonkoff, who grew up in Berkeley. rooting for the Warriors and now lives in El Cerrito. He’s not too worried, however, as “Steph Curry is widely believed to be just a wonderful human being” and “a real mensch”.

The קרי tattoo isn’t the only Hebrew ink that Curry has on his body. On the inside of her right wrist, there is a line from the New Testament that translates to “love never fails.”

What is it about Hebrew writing that Curry, a devout Christian, finds so compelling? “He’s very religious, which is part of why I think he’s drawn to Hebrew,” Shonkoff said. “It shows that there is a feeling that Hebrew is a holy language even for Christians.”

Emphasizing the humorous double meanings of Hebrew transliterations is an old board game. Former Secretary of State and presidential candidate John Kerry has been the subject of jokes in Israel because his last name is transcribed the same way as Curry’s. And in October, when Facebook rebranded itself, people happily pointed out that Meta means “death” in Hebrew.

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