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January 6, 2015 5:10 pm

Sarah Palin Explains Her Dog’s Jewish Name

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Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said on the Today show that she named her dog Jill Hadassah after her college roommate. Photo: Facebook.

Former US vice presidential candidate  and Alaska governor Sarah Palin explained why she gave her dog the Jewish name Jill Hadassah during her Tuesday appearance on the Today show.

“I had a roommate in college named Jill, loved her, always wanted a Jill, and then Hadassah, that’s a Jewish name for Esther,” said Palin, now a Fox News contributor. “I love in the Bible the Book of Esther. I didn’t have a sixth kid, but had a dog, and finally I got to use those names.”

Palin appeared on the Today show to defend a Facebook photo she posted on Jan. 1, which stirred controversy on social media. The image features her 6-year-old son Trig, who has Down syndrome, standing on Jill Hadassah so he can reach the sink. The animal rights group PETA was outraged by the image and called Palin a “bizarrely callous woman.”

The former governor shot back on the Today show, saying the animal’s rights group applied “a hypocritical double standard” by criticizing her. She added that they can kiss her “okole,” a word used by locals in Hawaii to denote a person’s rear end.

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  • JC

    So we are supposed to believe it is just a big coincidence that the dog has the same first names as the wives of the last 2 democratic Vice President candidates, Jill Biden and Hadassah Lieberman? Ok, Sarah.

  • Bongo

    She is 10OX the supporter of Israel and the Jews than
    Barack Hussein Obama is.

  • victoria brandeis

    NOT SURE I LIKE THE NAME BUT IF YOUR READING THIS SARAH PLEASE RUN IN THE 2016 ELECTIONS.

    WHAT IS THERE IS NOTHING BUT CRAP…AND IF I THINK THAT A CLINTON SHOULD BE IN POWER IT IS NOT HILLARY……THIS WOMAN WILL NOT ONLY SHED TEARS FOR THE JEWS SHE WILL TRY TO BRING THEM TO A PLACE OBAMA HAS NEVER HEARD OF.

    BUT THEN AMERICANS DON’T LISTEN…….THEY THINK THEY ARE THE CAT’S MEOW….

    THINK AGAIN.

  • KatieAnnieOakley

    AKC Breeders name each pup in the litter, then forward that information to AKC when they register the litter.

    The dog’s name was JILL early on. Check with IronHill Farms in Iowa.

    When you buy / receive an AKC Pup, you can choose to change their name on their lineage kept with AKC. There is a formal process – how do I know that? We had an AKC beagle many, many years ago.

    • iizthatiiz

      The name Jill was given to the pup early on per the Palin’s request, as the pup was always intended for the Palin’s from birth. The Palin’s visited with the good folks at The Puppy Jake Foundation in November of 2013, when plans were made for them to receive a service dog for Trig. Jill Hadassah was delivered to the Palin’s in August of 2014.

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