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Ivanka Trump Enjoys Being Jewish

Ivanka Trump, the model-turned-businesswoman, has spoken up about her conversion to Judaism and how it has improved her family life.

In an interview with Vogue magazine published on February 25, the daughter of business mogul Donald Trump revealed that she and her husband, Jared Kushner, keep Shabbat, including not using their phones on the day of rest.

“We observe the Sabbath,” Trump said. “From Friday to Saturday we don’t do anything but hang out with one another. We don’t make phone calls.”

The subject of her conversion, which Trump, 33, admits she has preferred to keep out of the public eye, came up during a meeting with reporter Jonathan Van Meter in the Trump SoHo hotel. As waiters brought over food, Trump noted, “We don’t eat meat…or, well, we keep kosher.”

Trump, a mother of two, then went on to speak more about life after her 2009 conversion, a move she made because her husband Kushner’s family are Orthodox Jews, but has since been kept discrete. Trump’s father, Donald, is a Presbyterian Christian.

“I just feel like it’s such an intimate thing for us,” said Trump, who is reported to have taken the Hebrew name “Yael,” a popular Jewish women’s name. Yael was an Old Testament woman who, according to the story from Judges 5:24-27, killed enemy general Sisera by driving a tent peg though his head, enabling the Israelites to gain victory in a war.


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