Ivanka Trump opens up about her conversion to Orthodox Judaism and the valuable family time it has facilitated.
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have been married since 2009. Before their wedding, she converted to Orthodox Judaism. the couple has had two small children, Arabella (3) and Joseph (1). She opened up to Vogue in a new profile to talk about her religious life and family life.
Ivanka Trump: “It’s such a personal thing”
In regards to converting to Orthodox Judaism, she had always “shied away from it being a public conversation, because it’s such a personal thing.” However, she is just now opening up about her religious beliefs. Ivanka said that she and her family are “pretty observant, more than some, less than others.” They make time to observe the Sabbath, or Shabbos, on Saturdays.
As a modern businesswoman and designer, she is constantly running about. Her husband is the same way, and they are almost always on the go. For their family and their marriage, the conversion made things far better for her. “It’s been such a great life decision for me,” she said. “I am very modern but I’m also a very traditional person…. I really find that with Judaism, it creates an amazing blueprint for family connectivity.”
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On Saturdays, she and her family turn off their phones, and just hang out for the whole day. They go for walks, enjoy meals together, and enjoy each other’s company the whole day. For Kushner, it was a huge win-win. He talked about how she had said “If we’re going to do Shabbos, I’m going to cook.” He added that she had “never cooked before in her life, and became a great cook.” While one does not necessarily need to become Jewish, or any other religion for that matter, to spend time with their family, it certainly seems facilitate valuable time for Ivanka Trump and her family. They spend time together, love one another and it’s just “pure family.”