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Ivanka Trump Delivers Special Hanukkah Message On the First Night

By Gary Trock

Ivanka Trump is ready to let the Festival of Lights begin and wished everyone a Happy Hanukkah as the first night of the Jewish holiday is set to kick off.

"Happy Hanukkah!" May your Holiday Season be filled with joy, love and light," Ivanka wrote on Instagram.

She even included the traditional greeting of "Chag Chanukah Sameach!" Along with the message, Ivanka included a photo of her 8-year-old daughter, Arabella Rose Kushner, during the recent White House Hanukkah reception that was attended with the whole family, including husband Jared Kushner.

Ivanka and Judaism


Ivanka Trump converted to Judaism after getting together with her husband, Jared Kushner. She rarely talks about the very personal decision, but in 2015 opened up to Vogue about her experience in becoming Jewish.

"We’re pretty observant, more than some, less than others. I just feel like it’s such an intimate thing for us. It’s been such a great life decision for me. I am very modern, but I’m also a very traditional person, and I think that’s an interesting juxtaposition in how I was raised as well. I really find that with Judaism, it creates an amazing blueprint for family connectivity."

Observing the Sabbath

Ivanka has spoken about how important observing the Sabbath is to her family, and that from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday, the Kushners disconnect from technology and spend time together.

"We don’t do anything but hang out with one another. We don’t make phone calls. It’s an amazing thing when you’re so connected to really sign off. And for Arabella to know that she has me, undivided, one day a week? We don’t do anything except play with each other, hang out with one another, go on walks together. Pure family."

Jared's Support


Jared Kushner was a pillar of support for his wife during her conversion and spoke about how much she has changed, including adapting to family life.

"Ivanka’s such a type A. She just gets it done. But she said, ‘If we’re going to do Shabbos, I’m going to cook.’ She never cooked before in her life, and became a great cook. So for Friday, she’ll make dinner for just the two of us, and we turn our phones off for 25 hours. Putting aside the religious aspect of it; we live in such a fast-paced world."

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