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November 6, 2016 12:21 am

Ivanka Trump, Campaign Officials Visit Queens Gravesite of Revered Orthodox Rabbi

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Ivanka Trump, the daughter of U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, converted to Judaism under the guidance of Rabbi Haskel Lookstein. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Ivanka Trump, the daughter of US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, converted to Judaism under the guidance of Rabbi Haskel Lookstein. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Ivanka Trump, the Orthodox Jewish daughter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, was seen visiting the Queens, New York gravesite of a revered rabbi on Saturday night, a number of community blogs reported.

In video footage posted online, Ivanka is seen accompanied by her husband and senior campaign adviser Jared Kushner, as well as the Trump camp’s Israel adviser, Jason Greenblatt, in the trip to Montefiore Cemetery in Cambria Heights, where the late Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson is interred.

Schneerson, known to many as the Rebbe, was a recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal and is widely considered to have been among the most influential Jewish leaders of the past century.

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In a nod to the supernatural blessings said by followers of Rabbi Schneerson — the last Lubavitcher Rebbe — to accompany a trip to the hallowed ground, some Orthodox websites pointed out that the visit occurred just as Donald Trump was rushed offstage at a rally in Reno, Nevada, where Secret Service agents feared for his life. “Ivanka Prays – The Donald Saved,” claimed one headline.

In a recent campaign stop in the battleground state of Florida, Ivanka told a synagogue gathering that her father had asked for her prayers during the Jewish High Holidays this year.

Others who have prayed at Rabbi Schneerson’s grave at pivotal moments in their lives include US Senator Corey Booker, who visited the night before his election to the Senate in 2013, and Victor Espinoza, the American Pharoah jockey who went on to win the first Triple Crown in 37 years.

Representatives of the Trump campaign did not immediately respond to The Algemeiner‘s request for comment on the visit.

Watch footage of the visit below:

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  • PatekCalatrava

    I wonder what those comparing Trump to Hitler have to say about this. Actually I know: nothing.

  • yitz

    how come they say she is orthodox if she doesn’t cover her hair or adhere to other halacha guidelines pertaining to dress? ins’t conversion contingent on “kabalot hamitzvot” adherence to halacha?

    • Reb_Yaakov

      Not covering one’s hair has been called “minhag America.” It has been related that Rav Joseph Ber Soloveitchik’s wife did not cover hers. A bon chat, bon rat — to each his own. We should be paying more attention to the halacha of the heart — how one lives one’s life according to the true spirit of the law.

  • marhannah

    I believe we know why she’s visiting …. B”H
    In my heart, and depth of soul, I am there with her; I believe many are there.

  • Kris Kristian

    AS A Jew, LOVER OF THE Zionist ,JEWISH STATE OF ISRAEL, I PRAY THAT
    TRUMP WILL BE THE NEXT POTUS
    CLINTON IS A LIAR,
    I am aware that many people in USA do not like Trump. But he is far better than the liar, Hillary.
    Trump will be the best POTUS ever for Israel.
    Clinton will carry on with Obama’s policy of trying to destroy the JewIsh state.
    WE MUST LOOK AT WHO HER CLOSE ADVISER IS, a Muslim WITH CONNECTIONS TO THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

  • Levi Huebner

    It’s nice to see a candidate and his family who are not timid about acknowledging the almighty in a quite and genuine manner.

  • The Rebbe must be revolving in his grave

  • Reb_Yaakov

    Regarding the caption, Judaism teaches that one should not identify converts as such lest it be taken in a pejorative way.

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