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Pesach With the Kushners

By Daniel Treiman

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The son is the young Manhattan media mogul who just got engaged to Ivanka Trump. The father is the New Jersey real estate baron who went to jail for tax fraud and sending a prostitute to try to entrap his brother-in-law.

New York magazine has a lengthy profile of the Kushners — and, oy, do they have some crazy family Seders.

UPDATE: Ivanka is now one of us, New York magazine’s Daily Intel reports, courtesy of Rabbi Haskel Lookstein of Kehilath Jeshurun. (Hat tip: Tablet)

Brad Tue. Jul 21, 2009

This is a very interesting question as to who can convert and whether they can be regarded as Jewish. I have long been prejudiced against those who wish to convert under Conservative or Reform auspices, but the late developments in the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, going so far as to question the Jewish legitimacy of those born in the Diaspora - requiring written confirmation of parentage, and grandparentage, and so forth - go to show that there can always be a margin of doubt as to who is a Jew. When does it come down to a question of being holier than the Pope? And if we don't believe that even the Pope has any authority, then how is one's Jewishness ultimately to be determined, except by intention?

What is more, it seems that those (like myself) who guard the boundaries of Judaism so jealously have little real Jewish knowledge to speak of, and it is precisely this jealous guarding that is supposed to compensate for our ignorance.

Ivanka's phony conversion Tue. Jul 21, 2009

Another one of my comments deleted. Is the Forward owned by the Kusners and Trumps? This is ridicoulous. Ivanka's conversion was not valid. Orhtodox conversions take 2-3 years and are not permitted for the reason of marriage. Ivanka is not "one of us" and won't be until she goes through a proper Orthodox conversion.

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