Jun 24, 2022
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What does Shaquille O’Neal have to do with the coming of Messiah? Maybe more than you’d think.

The 7’1”, 350-lb basketball star attended a Jewish wedding in Miami last weekend, where he joined in a traditional “hora” circle dance and, grinning from ear to ear, boogied to the sounds of a Hebrew song which cried out for the time of Moshiach (Messiah in Hebrew).

Shaquille O’Neal Dances the Hora

“Moshiach! Moshiach! Moshiach!” sang the band leader. “He should come, he should come, he should come! Moshiach, he should come!”

O’Neal towered over a crowd of mostly normal-sized guests, but seemed thrilled to be a part of the celebration. The bride and groom looked on, beaming.

The famous athlete, known by his nickname “Shaq”, is a friend of the groom’s father, Jamie Salter, JTA reported. Salter and Shaq work together at the Authentic Brands Group, which manages Shaq’s intellectual property.

According to JTA, some guests later attempted to lift Shaq in a chair, but “failed miserably.”