08/20/2010 12:48 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Amar'e Stoudemire Says He Is Keeping Kosher

New York Knicks star Amar'e Stoudemire, back from his trip to Israel, told the New York Post he is keeping kosher.

Although he said he is not a religious person, he is practicing Judaism "spiritually and culturally."

"I didn't grow up in a Jewish home. I never had a bar mitzvah, never celebrated the holy days growing up," Stoudemire said. "I figure, what the scriptures speak about, that's what I celebrate."

While in Israel, he showed off his Star of David tattoo and wore a yarmulke. According to the Post, Stoudemire has had a large "12 Tribes" tattoo, referring to the 12 Tribes of Israel, for the past two and a half years.