There was the Politico report that Mrs. Ivanka Trump was given “a rabbinical pass” to be mechalel Shabbos by flying on Air Force One this past Shabbos as President Trump headed to the Mideast on his first international flight, landing in Saudi Arabia. It is pointed out that while “her rabbi” was quoted as giving her the “rabbinical pass”, he was not mentioned by name.
According to Yediot Achronot, Rabbi Haskel Lookstein told Machane Tzioni party leader MK Yitzchak Herzog that he never gave such a heter despite reports to the contrary. He is quoted telling Herzog the reports are “fake news” and that he has not been in contract with Mrs. Ivanka Trump for a number of weeks. Rabbi Lookstein is known to be Mrs. Ivanka Trump’s rav.
The very same issue created a similar storm regarding Inauguration Day, at which time her rabbi reportedly gave her permission to ride in a limo due to “Security concerns”.
Mrs. Trump’s rabbi is Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, who is responsible for her giyur. Rav Lookstein is the longtime Mora D’asra of Congregation Kehillat Yeshurun on the Upper East Side of Manhattan as well as an elder among the Modern Orthodox rabbonim in the USA and the RCA. He is a well-respected Orthodox Rav but nevertheless, he came under fire when Israel’s Supreme Rabbinical Court would not recognize his giyur. There was some back and forth on the matter as the Chief Rabbis came under attack for their decision.
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