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November 30, 2009

“Ivanka Trump’s First Empire Turkey”

This was a historic Thanksgiving for American Jews … a “first” took place. Ivanka Trump had her first Empire Turkey for Thanksgiving … and I only hope she didn’t get the piece that had the metal tag on it!

Last month’s marriage of beautiful Ivanka Trump – daughter of “the Donald,” to Jared Kushner, a member of a prominent Modern-Orthodox Jewish family, was big news for all. Ivanka converted for the love of her life, and taking on her Hebrew name made this the marriage of “when Yoel met Yael.” New York newspapers and bloggers across the country gave every detail they could get their hands on regarding Ivanka’s conversion, her wedding dress, the invitation and the affair itself … and all of it was fully in keeping with Orthodox Jewish tradition. Her conversion was a real one; the rabbi who officiated at the conversion and marriage is a friend and colleague whom I admire, Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, and who is respected by all for his integrity. Her wedding dress had long sleeves. The invitation had one side in English and one side in Hebrew.

When you think about it, it’s really quite remarkable: a woman with one of the best known American names traded it in, going from Trump to Kushner. READ MORE

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