PHOTOS: Ivanka Trump Shakes The Daled Minim at White House Sukkos Event

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The following is via COL:

A group of about 30 White House staffers and Trump administration officials gathered in an ornate conference room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House on Friday to mark the Jewish festival of Sukkos.

Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump’s daughter and Senior Adviser, participated in the event, which included an overview of the significance of the festival and of the practice of blessing the Arba Minim (The Four Kinds) – including the Lulav (palm), Ethrog (citron), Hadassim (myrtles) and Aravot (willows), as prescribed in the Torah.

The First Daughter demonstrated a keen knowledge of the Jewish practice and recited the appropriate blessing before shaking the lulav and The Four Kinds, inspiring many others present to do the same.

Presiding over the event was Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Executive Vice President of American Friend of Lubavitch (Chabad) and senior Shliach (emissary) of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of blessed memory, to Washington, DC.

Many presents expressed hope that next year’s event will include a Sukkah.

This event, which has by now become sort of an annual tradition, is part of the organization’s outreach to Jewish people working in the Administration, on Capitol Hill and the general community.

Similar programs and events, including multiple mobile (and stationary) sukkahs were held at the US Capitol, at TheSHUL (Chabad-Lubavitch Center, Washington) in the Young Professionals community and on the campuses of American, The George Washington, Georgetown and Gallaudet Universities.


9 COMMENTS

  1. ื“ื™ ื”ื™ื™ืœื™ื’ืข ืื™ื“ื™ืฉืข ื ืฉืžื”
    Look at how she seems to revere the ืขืฉื™ื™ืช ื”ืžืฆื•ื” and not just smile for the photo op!
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  2. Of course it is cute to see Ivanka shaking the lulav and esrog. But in my eyes, that is not the big story here.
    The big story is this: If you know anything about history, the past presidents typically hosted and we’re typically friendly with “rabbis” who were conservative and reform and MO. The fact that in 2018 we see someone with a black hat, beard, and frock as the main rabbinical influence in the White House is tremendous.

  3. Its nice to see such a chashuve rav in the White House helping Ivanka with the arba minim and getting the visibility for klal Yisroel. The same Rav has been tireless in promoting a positive view of yiddeshkeit in Washington for years as most YWN readers know from seeing him lifted by a crane 50 feet in the air to light the menorah at the annual Chanukah celebration on the Mall. While I wish she would be a more positive force with her father on substantive policy issues, she is unquestionably a great mom and a great role model for Jewish women.

  4. gadol hatorah
    you on drugs? great role model for jewish women? do we lack role models? not that i we have anything negative to say about her, Does your ‘role model ” include ‘lo silbash ……hair b’isha ervah..”?