If I forget you, Bubbles Hawkins, may my left hand lose its curry

Stephen Curry, 2014-2015 NBA champion Game 5 left hand lay up, off left foot

Stephen Curry, 2014-2015 NBA champion Game 5 left hand lay up, off left foot

Steph Curry Hebrew tattoo

Steph Curry Hebrew tattoo “love never fails” based on First Corinthians

Curry’s tattoo reminded me of the phrase “if I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand lose its cunning.” For a while you would meet Jews wearing necklaces with this inscription, some in the shape of hands. My mom had one. Its from Psalm 139, the same text that says “by the rivers of Babylon” Jews were asked to sing, in a strange land. Rastafarians also found meaning here.

I almost said “if I forget bubbles Hawkins may my Mikan drill lose its cunning”

Bubbles was a little used rookie in 1975, the last time the Warriors won it all. I was 10.

He died quite young. He lives on playing Horse with Pistol Pete.

I wrote previously about a woman with a similar Hebrew tattoo which she said means “lamed Yahweh” but I wondered if she meant or reads “l’adonai” go with god versus to god.

My Hebrew scholar in residence neighbor confirmed that Curry’s tat reads as he thinks it does.

The Torah actually forbids tattoes.

The harder they come movie features the song version of same psalm. It skips or omits the violent last lines.

This line also led me to a desire to read Damascus Gate by Robert Stone, about Jerusalem syndrome.


Somehow I also flash to the recent movie about Beach Boys and the song Let me go home (sloop).

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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