Friday, January 20, 2017

The Black Stain on Hershel Shachter & the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) Forever - Passing Off Halachic Gentiles As Jews Until The End of Time!

Report: Ivanka Trump gets pass to travel on Shabbat for inauguration parties

The special permission was granted to protect the couple's safety. Life-saving measures, such as the work of surgeons or soldiers, are permitted on Shabbat. 

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Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner celebrate Hanukka with their three children.

Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner have received rabbinic permission to travel by car on Friday evening following the inauguration of her father, Donald Trump, as the next president of the United States, according to a Kol Barama radio interview with Mark Zell, the chair of the Republican party in Israel.

Traditionally, traveling in a car on Friday evening or Saturday is a violation of the Jewish Sabbath. Jared Kushner is Jewish, and Ivanka converted to Judaism. In a November Jerusalem Post piece, Shira Schmid noted that Ivanka "took on observance of Shabbat, holidays and kashrut, and adopted the Hebrew name Yael."

"We observe the Sabbath. From Friday to Saturday we don’t do anything but hang out with one another. We don’t make phone calls," Ivanka told Vogue in March 2015.

Ivanka praised the way that Shabbat provides a "blueprint for family connectivity," in that it protects time for her to spend with her family, including her eldest child, Arabella. “It’s an amazing thing when you’re so connected, to really sign off," said Ivanka. "And for Arabella to know that she has me, undivided, one day a week? We don’t do anything except play with each other, hang out with one another, go on walks together. Pure family!”

According to Zell, the special permission to travel by car was granted in order to protect the couple's safety. Life-saving measures, such as the work of surgeons or soldiers, are permitted on Shabbat under the rule of pikuach nefesh, or protection of life, which overrides other commandments in the Torah.*




Garnel Ironheart said...

Well if I can't go to the local hockey semi-final this Saturday, which is not in walking distance, OMG! I'll just die! So since it's pikuach nefesh can I also get a heter?
Or should I do what a regular observant Jews does and shrug my shoulders because... Shabbos!

Malach HaMooovies said...

and whom is the one who granted this special heter?

Anonymous said...

According to photo (featuring her clothing), Ivanka took her five year old daughter to church (the prayer service) on Shabbat morning.....

Sanitation Engineer said...

The Tendler Trinity of Human Garbage should perhaps be expanded into a Quartet.

Mordechai Tendler's son in law Elchanan Shoff claims there is a "clear heter" from R' Shlomo Zalman Auerbach ztl that Kushner is allowed to put himself lechatchila into a matzav where he must be driven on Shabbos.


Alan E Silver
This is such nonesense.....and issur. She should not put hewrself into a pikuach nefesh situation in the first place. Attending the inauguration is also not piukuach nefesh....That Rav needs to learn his Halachos again or money has bought him.

Jan 19, 2017 10:27am

Rabbi Elchanan Shoff
You are totally wrong. It's not assur to put themselves in that situation. R shlomo Zalman makes this clear. Plus driving is dioraysa but riding is not. This is a major distinction. Riding in the car in a situation like this is not beyond receiving a heter. Best to really know the sugya before besmirching like this.

Jan 19, 2017 1:19pm

Chilul Shabbos Befarhesya said...

What a farce! The "heter" for riding in a limo has now been expanded to taking photographs which some poskim hold is even assur d'Orasyah on Chol Hamoed!

Was Haskell the Rascal Lookstein there to Say Cheese?


The president’s family joined him at the White House for his first weekend in office. His daughter Ivanka and her husband, senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, were seen snapping photos Saturday on the Truman balcony with a young girl who appeared to be their daughter.

Anonymous said...

Shoff has been accused of operating for years the pro-Tendler blog that was badmouthing Rav Blau from YU after Tendler was kicked out of there.

Calling Hershel Schechter said...


Even the Conservative movement rules that photography, even al yedei goy, is prohibited on Shabbos.

a reader said...

there is legitimate, longstanding halachic precedent (based on SA Yoreh Deah 178:2) allowing a jew to violate halacha to facilitate/maintain close relations with the authorities (thereby ensuring that such relationships are in place when jewish lives may be at stake). as i understand it, this is the basis for many UK chief rabbis attendeding various services in westminster abbey over the years.
there is a lengthy correspondence by (now disgraced) rabbi michael broyde on this topic (defending rabbi lookstein's participation in obama's prayer service in 2009): http://www.hakirah.org/Vol%208%20Broyde.pdf

whatever your opinion of trump, kushner, ivanka, etc., there is little doubt that kushner's role as a close adviser to the president could have a direct impact on life/death issues for jews. on that basis, he would certainly qualify for the referenced 'heter'

Anonymous said...

A reader, please! The rabbonim of England did not get along with Lord Dokter Rabbiner Jakobovits. They would ignore him even when in the same room at official functions. The current Chief Rabbi of the British Empire says things that are apikorsis.

As far as Broyde, his disgrace speaks for itself. And Lookstein is an idiot. He has a rationale for everything including his dislike of keeping his kipa on at the opera. And it's not because of the shita that it should be removed when sinning because the loser holds there is no problem with live kol isha.

Gedolim have poskened we may not enter the Vatican even if they somehow agree to give back all the klei haMikdash & that is the only way to retrieve them.

aaron from L.A. said...

Come now, admit it...the worst thing of it all was ............... the MIXED DANCING! Oy!

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