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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. Her mother is not Jewish.

  2. Her mother is not Jewish.

  3. Ari Louis says:

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

  4. Ari Louis says:

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

  5. Ari Louis says:

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

  6. Ari Louis says:

    not*

  7. 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..

  8. Devlyn Testarossa says:

    FEH

  9. 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].

  10. 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].

  11. Samuel Ramos says:

    Who cares.

  12. Shira Louis Yashin says:

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

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

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

  15. Doug Kraft says:

    I can’t stand this foul excuse for a Jew. What an example of a self hating deranged example of a human being. No one fails like Sarah Silverman.

  16. Doug Kraft says:

    I can’t stand this foul excuse for a Jew. What an example of a self hating deranged example of a human being. No one fails like Sarah Silverman.

  17. Earl W. Littlefield Jr says:

    Symbolic idiocy…. Did Jews "learn from the past" or learn to repeat the past? Applying a centuries old mind-set to today's youth is spiritual rejection of GOD, regardless of who does it For Christians to tell their children that "..it was the Jews who killed Christ…" denies their own sins the same as "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…" does for Jews….

  18. Anonymous says:

    Every Jew, at any level of observance, impacts the entire Jewish World and the world of all nations either in a positive or negative way. It’s not so simple to denounce oneself as Jew.
    If Sarah Silverman erred by wearing a cross, and negatively impacted the Jewish Community, even if it was a forgotten prop from a movie shoot, then tshuva should be considered. ..Apologize for the mistake, forgive her, and move on. A public Jewish figure has a greater responsibility to display proper conduct.

    If we are too harsh on people, why would they ever consider coming close to Torah and its values. Chassidut teaches that before rebuke , we must bring someone close.

    Writenut-

  19. Erin Kawell says:

    who cares. symbols have different meanings to different people. she's her own person and if she says she jewish, then she's jewish. wearing a cross means something different to her than a christian. people, please! calm down already.

  20. Dmfirst Mdlast says:

    Wearing a cross is a desperate act of a declining Jewish celebrity. It is offensive and reflects a disregard of how others feel. Does she know what would happen to her if she were a Muslim and wore a cross? It is time to grow up Sarah.

  21. Melissa From-Chicago says:

    Real Jews don't believe in a pagan man-god. Your comment has no place here.

  22. Dan Silagi says:

    Many who read this blog believe in the divinity of Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

  23. Melissa From-Chicago says:

    A Jew does not act like the goyim…your argument is flawed. A Jew does not follow the ways of the goyim and should never wear anything xtian.

  24. sorry he was killed by the romans

  25. Ruth Seliger says:

    Really? Her ma is not jewish??
    If she is, it does matter. A little sensitivity to the symbol worn on a Jew is simply a big no no.

  26. Ruth Seliger says:

    Really? Her ma is not jewish??
    If she is, it does matter. A little sensitivity to the symbol worn on a Jew is simply a big no no.

  27. Melissa From-Chicago says:

    I wish Sarah Silverman would go away. This picture and her other actions just prove she is an embarrassment to the Jewish people. A Jew should never wear a cross!

  28. Ruth Escreet says:

    There are hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of non-Jewish people who wear the Star of David as a way of showing their support for Israel or that are making a stand against antisemitism in solidarity with the Jewish people……………

  29. Ruth Escreet says:

    There are hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of non-Jewish people who wear the Star of David as a way of showing their support for Israel or that are making a stand against antisemitism in solidarity with the Jewish people……………

  30. Tim Lieder says:

    I wish that Yuri Yanover would go away. This is one of the most toxic articles I've read in weeks and based solely on his words, I find him a much bigger embarrassment to Jewish people – particularly since he claims to represent religious Jews (even though he admits to being an Lubavitcher which is about as Jewish as Jews for Jesus)

  31. Tany Berman says:

    A real piece of garbage…..The worst haters of Jews are SELF HATING JEWS and she is #2 on the list under George Soros

  32. Tany Berman says:

    Your typical Jews killed jesus….The same crap that has been said for thousands of years……Your mouth is a cesspool of lies

  33. Erin Kawell says:

    she said she’s jewish so she’s jewish. no necklace, head wrap, scarf or holiday can take away what she chooses to be. maybe she’s not jewish enough for YOU, but then that becomes your problem, not hers.

  34. Erin Kawell says:

    she said she’s jewish so she’s jewish. no necklace, head wrap, scarf or holiday can take away what she chooses to be. maybe she’s not jewish enough for YOU, but then that becomes your problem, not hers.

  35. Erin Kawell says:

    she said she’s jewish so she’s jewish. no necklace, head wrap, scarf or holiday can take away what she chooses to be. maybe she’s not jewish enough for YOU, but then that becomes your problem, not hers.

  36. Erin Kawell says:

    she said she’s jewish so she’s jewish. no necklace, head wrap, scarf or holiday can take away what she chooses to be. maybe she’s not jewish enough for YOU, but then that becomes your problem, not hers.

  37. Les Le Gear says:

    Wanda, you're an ignoramus. The whole story is pure bs. You just believe the bs cause it was passed down by other ignorarmasus. Try to think for yourself.

  38. bklyn45h says:

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  39. Melissa From-Chicago Not related to paganism. Messiah must be 'higher than Abraham, Isaac, Jacob. Higher than Moses! Higher than the angels!'- Talmud. Can a mere human sit at the right hand of God? Daniel 7. King Messiah is the Sar haPanim!

  40. Gideon Jones says:

    What proof is there that she is actually Jewish? Silverman is her father’s name, her mother seems to be Irish Catholic.

  41. Gideon Jones says:

    What proof is there that she is actually Jewish? Silverman is her father’s name, her mother seems to be Irish Catholic.

  42. Rose Galston says:

    Let's be honest here….if it weren't for anti-semitism no one would give a damn if sarah wore cow dung around her neck…..HOWEVER….seeing as the cross represents those who began butchering the Jews over 3000 years ago just because they disagreed on whose deity was "The Deity" …..DROP the CROSS little sarah….or just go join the jews for jesus bunch!!! We know you're just having fun but this crosses the line!!!

  43. Since when did being Jewish mean anything to her? Who cares? Being Jewish is a subject for scorn with this dingbat. So F her.

  44. Since when did being Jewish mean anything to her? Who cares? Being Jewish is a subject for scorn with this dingbat. So F her.

  45. Josh Brewster says:

    Since when did being Jewish mean anything to her? Who cares? Being Jewish is a subject for scorn with this dingbat. So F her.

  46. Not Ovenready says:

    A  necklace made of used toilet paper would be more appropriate for SS.

  47. Not Ovenready says:

    A necklace made of used toilet paper would be more appropriate for SS.

  48. Ben II says:

    why do we need to hear about this nasty communist?

  49. Dvorah Bee says:

    we are facing annihilation and this is what you worry about

  50. Michele Paris says:

    Had it been me, I would have been wearing a Star of David with the cross in the middle of it. Being that I am Jewish and believe in Our Messiah Yeshua!!! Shalom!! :)

  51. Who gives a flying fandango what this bimbette says, does, wears, who shives a git – she’s not funny, and if religion meant ANYTHING to her, she would NOT wear a cross, even as some sort of Hollywood crap fashion statement. Bullderm, poppycock and feh on her. Don’t know or care how she “came into the limelight” – perhaps she worked her way up someone’s trousers, nudge nudge.

  52. Josy Lin says:

    i never thought some Jews are this hateful towards Christians..strange what religions can do to some people.

  53. Josy Lin says:

    i never thought some Jews are this hateful towards Christians..strange what religions can do to some people.

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