Ahead of Tuesday's US presidential election, Ivanka Trump, the daughter of Republican nominee Donald Trump, sought some spiritual intervention of the Jewish variety.
On Saturday night, Ivanka and her Jewish husband Jared Kushner prayed at the tomb of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menaḥem Mendel Schneersohn, in Queens New York.
In a video being circulated on Twitter, Ivanka is seen wearing a black cap, meant to cover her hair, while Jared wears a black skullcap as they enter the compound around the gravesite.
Ivanka Trump converted to orthodox Judaism in order to marry Kushner. The two broke up for a time in 2008, due to religious issues. “I know he loved Ivanka dearly,” Kushner’s friend Nitin Saigal told The New Yorker. “But the religious thing was important to him.”
Donald Trump is Presbyterian, and Ivanka Trump — who in the documentary “Born Rich” appeared wearing a necklace with a silver cross — was not what Kushner’s parents had in mind. Ivanka Trump, for her part, was hurt that Kushner did not unequivocally take her side against his parents, leading to the breakup, according to The New Yorker.
Regarding her father's reaction to her conversion, Ivanka told CNN “My father was very supportive,” at a town hall meeting featuring the presidential candidate and his family. “He knows me. He knows and he trusts my judgment. When I make decisions, I make them in a well-reasoned way. I don’t rush into things.JTA contributed to this report.