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Shalom Sesame': Did You Know Sesame Street Has a Jewish Series?


With the NBA lockout over and a new season starting in just a few weeks, New York Knicks' 6'10" power forward Amar'e Stoudemire joined Shalom Sesame to teach kids the Hebrew word for "good":

In the video released last week, the Knicks superstar defines the word "Tov" which means "good" in Hebrew. Stoudemire explains how you can use "Tov" when saying "Good Morning"- Boker Tov, "Good Night"-Laila Tov and even "Congratulations!"- Mazel Tov!

Staudemire believes he has "Hebrew roots" through his mother, and the basketball player has traveled to Israel, has tattooed Hebrew phrases on his body, and according to his agent, is a "student of history." 

The video is for Shalom Sesame , a series created by Sesame Workshop over 25 years ago that released 12 new episodes in 2010. The series features Sesame Street muppets traveling to Israel to learn more about Jewish culture and the Hebrew language. offers games, videos, activities and printables, focusing on the Jewish holiday cycle, Jewish values, Shabbat, Israel and Hebrew language.

Shalom Sesame has a Facebook page and YouTube channel. In this video, actor Jake Gyllenhaal discusses the Afikoman tradition during Passover:

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