Lamar Odom visits Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Kever
Former NBA star Lamar Odom visited the grave of the deceased religious leader Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Odom shared a photo of himself posed next to the commemoration in Queens of the Chabad movement leader’s life:
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Today, I and my 2 children, Destiny and LJ, visited the gravesite of the spiritual leader and founder of the Chabad movement, Rabbi Menachem Schneerson. He is the mentor of my speaking coach, Rosh Lowe, and shared a beautiful message of love and kindness to the world. I heard he makes miracles happen. It’s a miracle to be here at this place with my children, reflecting on a better life we will build together. #micdrop #family @micdrop_us 🙏🏿❤️ @roshlowee @eliyahu_nash @carterlikejimmy @iamdestinyodom @chabadorg
The influential Jewish thought leader, known widely as the Lubavitcher Rebbe, passed away 25 years ago. In Odom’s social media post, he mentions the Rebbe was a mentor to speaking coach Rosh Lowe.
Odom donned a yarmulke while seemingly closing his eyes in prayer next to the grave site of the late Orthodox Judaism pioneer. He received a number of comments from ex-NBA players like Caron Butler, Quentin Richardson, and Amar’e Stoudemire, the latter of whom practices Judaism and notably reconnected with Jewish roots and is trying to mount an NBA comeback.
Odom was playing in the BIG3 until he was “deactivated” by the league for competitive reasons along with Baron Davis, Bonzi Wells, and Jermaine O’Neal.
Odom is a two-time NBA champion and former Sixth Man of the Year, playing 14 seasons in The Association and averaging 13.3 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.
At the closing of his NBA career, Odom struggled with substance abuse and fell into a coma in 2015 after being discovered unconscious and suffering kidney failure and heart attacks. Odom has since recovered from his near-death experience.
Odom is among 400,000 yearly visitors of Schneerson’s gravesite.
Odom also shared a photo of the Lubavitcher Rebbe while reflecting on his own lowest moment:
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SWIPE RIGHT While visiting Rebbe Schneerson's resting place yesterday along with my family, one of his students shared with me a powerful lesson the Rabbi taught from the biblical story of Jacob’s ladder. His message transcend religions and is one of inclusiveness and hope for a better world for all mankind. Even when we might be on the lowest rung of life's ladder, living some of our lowest moments, we must focus on moving upward. We don't need to dwell on where we've been but on where we're going. It is the direction we're traveling that's key to all. #focusforward #redemption #healing ✊🏿 @chabadorg @micdrop_us @iamzoul
This visit clearly had a major impact on Lamar Odom, and it’s good to see him in a better place.