(JTA) – Which Orthodox rabbi gave Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump permission to fly on Shabbat?
We don’t know who it was, but we know who it wasn’t.
It wasn’t Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, who oversaw the first daughter’s conversion to Judaism.
It wasn’t Rabbi Marvin Hier, who gave the invocation at U.S. President Donald Trump’s inauguration.
It wasn’t Rabbi Levi Shemtov, the spiritual leader at the synagogue in Washington, D.C., that Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have attended.
And it wasn’t Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the celebrity rabbi who has lavished praise on the president and taken a series of selfies with his advisers.
Those rabbis, on the record, denied giving their stamp of approval to the Friday night flight to Saudi Arabia – though none of them criticized the decision, and all refrained from commenting on it. [Read more…]