The first stop President-elect Donald Trump made on Inauguration Day was at St. John’s Episcopal Church, a historic venue that opened in 1816 and nicknamed “The Church of the Presidents”, for a private family prayer service. This brings to mind the state of mind of the first Orthodox Jewish Couple – Jared & Ivanka Kushner – to be the daughter and son of a U.S. President, as they sat listened to a sermon under the watchful eyes of Jesus on the cross. Not since Senator Joe Lieberman was the VP candidate in 2000 has a Jew had to do such fancy footwork to rationalize hobnobbing with the holy ghost.
There Jared Kushner stands, back and center, having reportedly once broke up with Ivanka over the religion issue, ranging in his travels from pre-election blessings from the spirit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe to the private service at St. John’s this morning.
As Jared Kushner prepares to take on a prominent role in the shadows of the White House, Reince Priebus will have to work on getting Jared’s last name right.