You’re never too old to defend your kid, or are you?

My hubby calls me a lioness. He tells me there are times I need to back off and let my cubs grow up and fight their own battles.

So, I got  real kick this week out of comedian Sarah Silverman’s dad. She’s 42. He’s 75. And, he’s still sticking up for her — in a very public way.

Donald got quite upset with Rabbi Yaakov Rosenblatt who took at shot at his daughter over her involvement in  letmypeoplevote2012.com, a campaign against plans for voter ID laws. Sarah had contributed a satirical video that painted the ID laws as a plot to keep President Barack Obama‘s supporters from voting in the November elections. Her campaign echoed “Let my people go,” Moses’ demand in the biblical story of the Exodus.

In an Oct. 11 “Open Letter to Sarah Silverman” the Rabbi lashed out at Sarah: “I wouldn’t be writing these words had your most recent video not been framed in biblical language,” Rosenblatt wrote on JewishPress.com. “As an Orthodox rabbi, I disagree with just about everything you say, but respect your right to say it. All I ask, respectfully, is that you not use traditional Jewish terminology in your efforts. Because doing so is a lie.”

But then the rabbi shifted to her personal life, suggesting she would see things differently with a husband and children.”I think you have latched on to politics because you are searching for something to build,” Rosenblatt wrote. “I pray that you pursue marriage and, if you are so blessed, raise children.”

This did not sit well with Daddy Donald.

He says he was offended by the tone and focus of the  Dallas rabbi’s letter. “Take your false god and shove god up your judgmental a–,” he wrote to Rosenblatt in the readers’ comments section of JewishPress.com.

Since then, many others have chimed in with their opinions…..

“He’s her dad. that’s what dads do — stick up for their little girls, no matter what,” South Florida reader Gail Richards Rochat Reilly commented on the Sun Sentinel’s Facebook page.

“Sarah, I love you. I love your dad even more. He is a ROCK STAR!” wrote one Huffington Post reader.

I would hope that the message being sent is parenting is a lifelong job.  We love our kids and if you mess with them, we’re going to defend them, regardless of how old we get or they get. But the thing is as our kids grew up, they don’t always want us to come to their rescue.

If I was Sarah, I’d love having my dad defend me so publicly. But I wonder how Sarah feels about it? Is she humiliated? Does she feel it demeans her that her dad’s response has received more attention that her own? Do you think Donald Silverman did the right thing or should he have let the very independent Sarah fight her own battle?

 

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