‘Not a Coincidence’: Trump’s Media Troubles Surged When Jared Kushner Was Observing Shabbos


By BB Portnoy

It was “not a coincidence” that new President Donald Trump’s media troubles surged last weekend, when his frum son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner was observing Shabbos, a source close to the Trump family told Vanity Fair in an article published this week.

“He wasn’t rolling calls on Saturday when this happened,” the source was quoted as saying, referring to the 36-year-old Kushner’s activities the day after Trump’s inauguration, when the president and his press secretary got into a tiff with the media about the size of the crowds at the previous day’s events in the nation’s capital.

The effect of Kushner’s Shabbos observance on his father-in-law’s behavior has been noted before. A Huffington Post profile of Kushner’s wife Ivanka Trump published in September cited a friend of the couple as saying that the then-presidential candidate’s “worst tweets” during the election campaign happened when his daughter and son-in-law were “off the grid observing the Sabbath or another Jewish holiday.”

“It could be a big problem if the people who make our president not crazy aren’t available one day a week,” the friend said.

However, as reported by the New York Times, Kushner did go to Trump Tower in Manhattan on a Shabbos in early October to consult with his father-in-law just after the scandal broke over the publication of a tape on which Trump was heard making controversial comments.

Among the other tasks Kushner will be assigned in the coming years, Trump has said he will be given the mission of brokering an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.

“If you can’t produce peace in the Middle East, nobody can,” Trump told Kushner at a pre-inauguration event in Washington, DC last week. “All my life I’ve been hearing that’s the toughest deal in the world to make. And I’ve seen it, but I have a feeling that Jared is going to do a great job.”

(c) 2017 The Algemeiner Journal



  1. He is not unavailable if the president wants to talk to him on Shabbos.

    The other thing is, now that important executive orders about the color of curtains in the oval office have been issued and implemented, perhaps someone should bring Rubaskhin’s case to the president’s attention.

  2. @yiddeneh – Jared is not a baal Teshuvah. He was raised in a Torah observant family and went to an Orthodox day school.
    @Baruch – Rav Moshe Feinstein ztzvk”l writes that the maalah of not changing ones name was a pre-Matan Torah phenomenon and may not be obligatory now.
    @one of a kind – akum she’shavas chayav misah.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here