NY Times: “Despite Sabbath, Ivanka Trump and Husband Celebrate Inauguration”

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The New Times’ Christopher Mele and Maggie Haberman report that while for Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, celebrating the presidential inauguration by attending the gatherings on Friday night posed an obstacle to their Yiddishkeit, they “got special permission to break from strict religious laws that prohibit them from using technology or mechanized devices, such as cars, during the Sabbath.”

The Times says that “a Jewish person who was briefed on the matter but not authorized to speak publicly about it” said on Friday night that they were “given an exemption under the principle in Jewish law of pikuach nefesh, which suggests preserving the safety of a specific person over any religious consideration.”



  1. A Jew being driven by a non Jew in a car is permitted in certain cases. Every Shabbos yidden leaving emergency rooms that are a distance from home,take non jewish car services.

    • +Torah is truth

      If your complaint would be with the New York Times for quoting “an anonymous [Jewish] source” about something, that would be one thing.

      But from what I’ve read here, I don’t see where the New York Times, or any writer for the New York Times, is offering any opinion whatsoever on the halachic matter substantively being mentioned.

      I’m wondering if the New York Times published a quote, which they said was a complete non-edited quote on some Jewish matter, where the quote was said to be from a particular Jewish authority [Rabbi] who you greatly respected, would you completely reject that particular information as being “the opinion of the New York Times” ?

      And just lastly, as a gesture regarding my bona fides on this matter, and that I’m in no way inclined towards being prejudicially in favor of something / anything because the New York Times happens to print it, let me close by stating that there are few of the major general popular news sources, printed within the United States, where I’d imagine I’d have generally LESS of an inclination to look to for my general information collection, for, say, news or opinion having to do with anything to do with Eretz Yisrael, or news or opinion having to do with politics in the USA, or new or opinion having to do with politics within the USA as would relate to Eretz Yisrael, etc., as I would the New York Times, which is a newspaper whose published work I have, within recent years, developed a more or less overall TOTAL disdain for !

      Todah rabah, Torah is truth. : )

  2. This could have some serious implications to those who are truly Shomrei Mitzvos in a professional environment. “Hey, if Jared and Ivanka can work on Saturday, why can’t YOU?”

    Hashem Yishmor.

    • Quoting your words: “Jared and Ivanka can work on Saturday” — THAT IS ABSOLUTELY NOT WHAT WAS SAID ABOUT THEM!!!!!! Instead, what WAS said was that since (in the circumstances of where they were going to be) there were, Chas V’Shalom, life threatening dangers, then, according to the directives of our Torah itself of Pikuach Nefesh, Jared and Ivanka were permitted to ride there in a car.

      • There is no heter. There is no pikuach nefesh here, since they could have stayed home and not ridden in the motorcade at all. They were also taking photographs on Shabbos.

        We are going to have to deal with this in the long term.

  3. Correct. Going to a dance friday night and going to a church service with a priest on Shabbos Morning is definitely the right thing to do because of Pikuach nefesh.

  4. Trump, his wife, children and grandchildren spent Friday night at the White House. 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
    This from an article I just read…pekuach nefesh? Not quite sure. When u look for liberties on shabbos, makes it easier to fall…Otrhodox? I’m not quite sure…

  5. ” Going to a dance friday night”
    You mean, like in Europe, where the chasunahs were on friday afternoon, and they would hire a goyishe orchestra to play on friday night for the seudah? (orach chaim 338:2)

  6. …“got special permission to break from strict religious laws that prohibit them from using technology or mechanized devices, such as cars, during the Sabbath.”
    Pikuach nefesh?

    • I can say with reasonable certainty not only I wouldn’t attend my Father
      Wouldn’t attend his own inaguration
      If it involved Shaabos
      When Prof Auman was going to get an
      Enormous prize from the King of Sweden
      On Shabbos he said he couldn’t come on Shabbos .The king agreed to wait till after
      Shabbos and the way the King of Sweden
      looked at Prof Auman when he greeted
      Him and shoke his hand, you can see the
      King looked up to Prof Auman as if he
      was the real king!

  7. Is snapping pictures on Shabbos Pikuach nefesh as,well…a few sources brought that report.
    And posing for a photographer before leaving is allowed? Seen a picture before she left to a ball…

  8. Did they daven at the Lubavitcher shtibel in DC with the Rebbe’s shliach Levi Shemtov yesterday morning? Did he give them permission?

  9. I myself have taken a ride on shabbos in a car driven by a non-jew. A rav gave me a heter that the place I was can be a sakanas nefashos and that I am allowed to take a car home! instead of all of you guys screaming bloody murder, shut up! You don’t know their circumstances so just stop making up halachos that you know nothing about! To the the person who said that they were spotted talking pictures on shabbos morning. You believe everything you read? Are you crazy? Grow up all of you and get a life!!


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