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King James Goes Old Testament, LeBron Hires Rabbi

8/10/2010 2:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

LeBron ... L'Chaim!!!

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TMZ has obtained this exclusive photo of LeBron James in a business meeting earlier today with Rabbi Yishayahu Yosef Pinto ... a man known around New York as the "Rabbi to the Business Stars."

Sources involved with the meeting tell us LeBron had hired Rabbi Pinto for spiritual guidance for a "big merchandising meeting" that took place on a private yacht somewhere off the coast of NY just hours ago.

Rabbi Pinto -- a 37 year-old-man who speaks only Hebrew -- has met with all sorts of business moguls in the past ... and is considered by some to be a "spiritual guide" who consults on business matters.

We're told LeBron paid in the neighborhood of 6-figures to get Rabbi Pinto to sit in on today's meeting ... in which LeBron heard presentations from several "big time" retail execs. 

It's been a big summer for the Jews -- with Amar'e Stoudemire meeting with rabbis in Israel ... and Shaq learning Hebrew

It's only a matter of time before they start poppin' Manischewitz in the clubs!

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46.

Sam    

Whamo go troll the sites you go on everyday,plus if you read what he said to be first,he said i was ignorant for believing in religion haha,whamo i know your type of people your lucky your mom still works on the corner and pays your bills

1532 days ago
47.

Beachcomber    

I'm KVELLING! It doesn't get funnier than this!

1532 days ago
48.

bf    

That what happen when you hire your best friends from the hood who have zero business experience to be you business managers.

In every religion there are profiteers and scammers. This "Rabbi" is one of them.

1532 days ago
49.

von oben    

It would be fantastic to hear their conversation. 2 idiots who think they are more than they are. Hubris OD.

1532 days ago
50.

adpe    

Sam, you're a pathetic excuse for a human being. I'm gonna get some sleep, but you know that you belong to a delusional cult when several people slap you left and right with the truth, but you choose to remain ignorant.

You've been given a brain. Evolution worked for millions of years so that you are capable of thinking for yourself. However, you chose to remain stupid and accept the "truths" some tribesman figured out when science wasn't even invented.

You're a fcking idiot and I have nothing but deep disrespect for you. You could be so much more intelligent, but you think it is a virtue not to. I hate you.

1532 days ago
51.

The Royal One    

"You cannot serve both Yahweh and Mammon (the god of Money),
you must love one and hate the other"
The Most Blessed Messiah Yeshua

1532 days ago
52.

Sam    

suck my banana adpe,bet that stands for addicted,dufus,pedophile extraordinary douche bag

1532 days ago
53.

StevefromLA    

Being Jewish is a religion. It is not an ethnic group. White Jewish Europeans have tried to fool the world to make people you have to look a certain way to be Jewish.
The original Hebrews were dark skinned and did not look like this Rabbi. However much love because no ethnic group or race has lock or the key to any religion.

1532 days ago
54.

jj    

Manischewitz???? what a racist comment. TMZ - do you think Jews sit and eat manischewitz. Im Jewish and and I dont eat it and dont know anyone who does.

1532 days ago
55.

Kream    

He aint the King no more, stop calling him that!

1532 days ago
56.

adpe    

Great job being a complete retard Sam. When you're out of arguments, all you can do is insult people. You basically admitted that you're a stupid *******.

1532 days ago
57.

Sincerity    

It's LeBron's money and there's nothing wrong with him consulting a spiritual adviser on matters that are extremely important to him. I don't believe an audience with Pope Benedict XVI would be "free" per se. However, nothing beats educating yourself on basic issues concerning investments. If you really don't know what you're doing, consulting a "reputable" CPA or tax attorney is "priceless".

1532 days ago
58.

Jewwitan@ittude    

I just met the rabbi for free, just yesterday...what uo with all the negativity...LB played around with all of us now we are all so concerned that he gives it to some rabbi, who happens to be very well conected to very succesful people who can make LB richer, at the worst...

1532 days ago
59.

Wolde     

Be careful Lebron, if you are seeking business advice, hire a reputable financial advisor. There is no need for you to deal with someone who has no other credentials than a yarmulke and long beard, these are the same people that didn't believe in Jesus Christ, crucified Him; and have been persecuting and oppressing Christians and everyone else for centuries. BEWARE!!!

1532 days ago
60.

dan the man    

#67

Couldn't agree more. This rabbi has probably given advise toward billion dollar business deals. I cannot see how this can hurt LeBron. What's 90 grand if he signs a few key and lucrative endorsements.

1532 days ago
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