Inauguration Photo Lands Ivanka Trump In Hot Water

On inauguration day, President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner attended mass with the family, listened to music, posed for pictures and rode in a car. For most people, this may seem perfectly normal. For Ivanka and Jared, however, this is unorthodox behavior.

Ivanka and Jared are orthodox Jews. Ivanka Trump converted to Judaism before marrying Mr. Kushner, who comes from an orthodox family, and the couple have — up until inauguration day — been observant of the Jewish Sabbath.

"It’s been such a great life decision for me," said Ivanka in a 2015 Vogue interview. "I am very modern, but I’m also a very traditional person, and I think that’s an interesting juxtaposition in how I was raised as well. I really find that with Judaism, it creates an amazing blueprint for family connectivity."

The Sabbath starts on Friday at sunset and lasts until Saturday at sunset. "From Friday to Saturday we don’t do anything but hang out with one another," Ivanka said. "We don’t make phone calls."

During this time, Jews are not allowed to ride in cars, listen to music or take pictures. They're supposed to attend services at their synagogue and keep the Sabbath holy, as commanded by God.

On Inauguration weekend, Ivanka and Jared spent the evening being driven around to balls, listening to music, and they even attended a Christian church service earlier in the day with the family.

According to an article in The Jerusalem Post, some Jews on Twitter criticized the couple for snubbing the Sabbath. The criticism has been minor, however, the author notes, and unwarranted. "Pointing out how an observant public figure is or isn’t living up to the standards set by others can become awfully judgy," wrote author Andrew Silow-Carroll.

Jared and Ivanka have not abandoned their religion; reports say that the couple did get special dispensation from a Rabbi in order to attend the inaugural traditional festivities. Their new Washington D.C. home is within walking distance of a Jewish temple, and they're looking for a Jewish pre-school for their daughter. Despite the big change in their lives, they seem to be keeping the faith.

Source: Hollywood Take
Photo: Michael Vadon/Flickr

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