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It’s OK for Sarah Silverman to Wear a Cross

Does anyone among our readers feel outrage at the image of this Jewish girl from upstate New York with a cross around her neck?

Sarah Silverman with the offending cross on the W. Kamau Bell "Totally Biased" show on FXX.

Sarah Silverman with the offending cross on the W. Kamau Bell "Totally Biased" show on FXX.

An article in YourJewishNews.com suggests: “Jews outraged after Sarah Silverman wears cross necklace during television interview.”

In a September appearance on “Totally Biased,” a less-than-funny FXX interview show with African-American comic wannabe W. Kamau Bell, the princess of circa 1995 outrage Sarah Silverman talked about how cruel are those “roasts” she starts in, where one’s colleagues as well as perfect strangers from the funny industry make fun of every possible aspect your body and soul. It wasn’t particularly interesting, frankly. It’s been a few years since I’ve heard Silverman tell a fresh, truly funny joke. Mostly she’s been busy attacking Republicans and elderly Florida Jews.

The only reason I went to the You Tube clip – which I can’t embed here or even link to, because of a few lines that would surely get me in trouble – was the buildup in the Shifra Unger story at YJN.

Shifra wrote: “Jews are expressing their anger after Jewish celebrity Sarah Silverman was seen on a television interview wearing a gold cross necklace, according to video uploaded to the Internet.”

And she’s right, I’m enclosing here a screen shot that shows SS with the offending cross. But who are those Jewish multitudes Shifra is writing about? Because she didn’t cite even one, singular, solitary Jew other than herself.

See, I was expecting at least the usual suspects: Abe Foxman, Abe Cooper, or at least our own Rabbi Yaakov Rosenblatt, whose open letter to Sarah so enraged her father, Donald, that it brought back his Tourette Syndrome.

But Shifra had none of those. Which, in my opinion, is reason enough to change the headline of her story to “Shifra outraged after Sarah Silverman wears cross necklace during television interview.”

The same Donald Silverman, the raging dad, responding to an item in Heeb magazine, wrote: “I told sarah that her nana (long passed) wanted to know about the cross. Sarah told me to tell nana she’s still a Jew. It came from something she wore on a movie set.”

OK, not my job to tell people you should take off symbols belonging to a religion that used them while burning alive Jews across several continents—that’s what ghostly nanas are for. But her sister, the famous Reform Rabbi Susan Silverman, also added:

“I’m her rabbi sister and called her and asked WTF? She got it, like our dad said, on a recent movie set and she just liked that it pointed to her [popular slang word meaning mammary glands]. Oy. :-)”

That aside, does anyone among our readers feel even a tinge of sadness, much less full blown outrage at the image of this Jewish girl from New Hampshire (I wrote originally ‘upstate New York,’ until Howard Graubard from Brooklyn set me right) with a cross around her neck?

Frankly, the most I’m feeling is a sense of relief. And a kind of twisted national pride: as long as Sarah Silverman kept her somewhat Jewish personality, her material was pretty strong. I liked her outrageous lyrics: “I love you more than bears love honey / I love you more than Jews love money / I love you more than Asians are good at math.” It has racial bias coupled with stereotypes, and in the context of a young girl’s love song it’s funny. But now that Sarah is going Christian, the same stuff comes across kind of antisemitic…

In any event, if Sarah is leaving us – which she has done anyway, a long time ago – it’s all good. The goyim could use a person with a good sense of humor, and we have plenty of ‘em to spare.

Somebody tell Shifra Unger ain’t none of us Jews outraged, false alarm.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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203 Responses to “It’s OK for Sarah Silverman to Wear a Cross”

  1. @Josh Barrack … You need to go back and read and study … your ignorance is not bliss you are a bigot and disgusting excuse for a human being … you should go to join the evil side and follow allah … I had the unfortunate experience to view your opinions elsewhere and now here … I do not feel as bad for your daughter with a honor killing as I do with her having you as father

  2. @Josh Barrack … You need to go back and read and study … your ignorance is not bliss you are a bigot and disgusting excuse for a human being … you should go to join the evil side and follow allah … I had the unfortunate experience to view your opinions elsewhere and now here … I do not feel as bad for your daughter with a honor killing as I do with her having you as father

  3. Menachem Rephun says:

    She’s irritating as hell and keeps creating chillulei hashem with her grating shtick

  4. She’s irritating as hell and keeps creating chillulei hashem with her grating shtick

  5. She’s irritating as hell and keeps creating chillulei hashem with her grating shtick

  6. Menachem Rephun says:

    You have the right to feel strongly about anything you want to

  7. You have the right to feel strongly about anything you want to

  8. You have the right to feel strongly about anything you want to

  9. Dan Silagi says:

    Yori, I'm glad you gave your consent allowing Sarah Silverman to wear a cross. I'm sure this is gonna make her day; some Kahanist now living in Israel has given his blessing, satirical as it was. As she's Reform, she's not Jewish anyway, at least according to your and your fellow frummies, so what's the big deal?

  10. Menachem Rephun says:

    Feeling strongly about something is fine as long as it isn’t imposing your will on people or forcing them to accept your values

  11. Feeling strongly about something is fine as long as it isn’t imposing your will on people or forcing them to accept your values

  12. Feeling strongly about something is fine as long as it isn’t imposing your will on people or forcing them to accept your values

  13. Menachem Rephun says:

    She’s not really Jewish?

  14. She’s not really Jewish?

  15. She’s not really Jewish?

  16. Menachem Rephun says:

    I don’t like her but as far as I know she’s Jewish

  17. I don’t like her but as far as I know she’s Jewish

  18. I don’t like her but as far as I know she’s Jewish

  19. Millie Kashuk says:

    Sara Silverman does not represent a true Jewish Woman……In fact she
    does not represent anything related to our heritage. I am sad for her!!
    She does not belong anyplace or anywhere…We all pay a price for our actions.

  20. Shira Louis Yashin says:

    Her mother is not Jewish.

  21. Her mother is not Jewish.

  22. Her mother is not Jewish.

  23. Ari Louis says:

    Sarah Silverman is nto Jewish..oh Thank G-D!

  24. Ari Louis says:

    Sarah Silverman is nto Jewish..oh Thank G-D!

  25. Ari Louis says:

    Sarah Silverman is nto Jewish..oh Thank G-D!

  26. Ari Louis says:

    not*

  27. Wanda Jimenez says:

    So what if she's wearing a cross? Other people are exposing and showing body parts and that's ok and the cross is a symbol of Jesus a Jew who was murdered by his own people. I know if people who wear tattoos and are Jews. Listen, let's get it straight. Let's follow the commandments and be good people and stop fighting over material stuff. There's alot of evil going on in this world and hatred. Let's focus on love peace and unity. Just remember, we are born alone and die alone and no one 100 years from now will care whether we wore underwear a, sox, shoes, panties or whatever. What matters is that we are right with Yeshuah – G-d..

  28. Devlyn Testarossa says:

    FEH

  29. Hank P. Young says:

    I don’t think she’s doing it because it has real meaning to her. She’s just another celebrity trying to stir the pot and get someone to write about her[ see it's worked].

  30. I don’t think she’s doing it because it has real meaning to her. She’s just another celebrity trying to stir the pot and get someone to write about her[ see it's worked].

  31. Samuel Ramos says:

    Who cares.

  32. Shira Louis Yashin says:

    Well, the article I saw saying that her mother is not Jewish now says she is, so who knows.

  33. Well, the article I saw saying that her mother is not Jewish now says she is, so who knows.

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