Ivanka Trump and her hubby, Jared Kushner, have been given a rabbinical waiver to ride in a car following Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday, according to a new report.
The couple are both Orthodox Jews and, according to Jewish law, driving or riding in cars is banned on the Sabbath, which begins Friday at sundown.
But a principle in Jewish law called “pikuach nefesh” says the rule can be broken in life-threatening situations, the Forward newspaper reported.
Mark Zell, chairman of the Republican Party in Israel, said the couple had been granted special permission by a rabbi to use a vehicle because of “safety” concerns, Kol Barama radio reported.
It would not be the first time that Kushner broke Shabbat since his father-in-law’s presidential run.
After an audio clip of Trump bragging that he could grab women “by the p—y” emerged, Kushner met with the president-elect on a Saturday to figure out a way to manage the scandal.
Ivanka Trump — who converted to Judaism to marry Kushner — described her family as “pretty observant” in a 2015 interview with Vogue Magazine.
“We observe the Sabbath,” she said. “From Friday to Saturday we don’t do anything but hang out with one another … it’s an amazing thing when you’re so connected, to really sign off.”