Chief Rabbi Rav Dovid Lau: Ivanka Trump’s Geirus is Kosher

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In a recently released letter, Israeli Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Rav Dovid Lau says that, in his opinion, the geirus of Ivanka Trump performed by Rabbi Haskel Lookstein should be recognized in Israel.

The letter follows a tumult that erupted over a decision by the Rabbinical Court in Israel that Rabbi Lookstein’s geirus are not to be recognized in Israel.

This, then, would have meant that Ivanka Trump, daughter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, would not be recognized in Israel.

Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein and MK Yitzchok Herzog reached out to Rav Lau to look into the matter. Rav Lau says that while he can’t override anything that the Rabbinical Court of Israel says, he feels that the geirus is legitimate.

Rabbi Lau notes in his response that the Chief Rabbinate and the Rabbinical Courts are two separate institutions, and therefore the Chief Rabbi does not have any direct authority to overturn a Rabbinical Court’s decision. However, he then says that the official stance of the Chief Rabbinate is to recognize Rabbi Lookstein’s conversions, beli shum safeik.

David Steger – Israel


  1. R Herschel Shecter did the Geirus for Ivanka – when they heard that R Lookstein’s Geirus would not be accepted by the Datein in Eretz Yisroel. That is not speculation – that’s a fact.


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