To tee off or not to tee off, that is the most recent religious question faced by America’s first daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner.
The couple, who claim to be shomrei Shabbat, have discovered a way to indulge their sporting passion without infringing on their religious lifestyle. Or so they argue.
They were recently spotted on the golf course at Bedminster country club in NewJersey, which is owned by Ivanka’s family.
According to a club employee, the couple avoided breaking Shabbat by not paying the caddy that carried their bags. The source told the New York Post that the couple, who usually give generous tips of up to $200, promised to pay up the following day.
The episdoe is likely to once again bring the couple’s religious observance into question. Last month they claimed to have special dispensation to fly on Shabbat, when they accompanied President Trump on his tour of the Middle East and Europe.
Air Force One flew to Saudi Arabia on Friday and landed once Shabbat had come in. They were also seen being driven around on Saturday.
The president’s daughter converted before her marriage to Mr Kushner in 2009. They describe themselves as observant, but questions have been raised about their Shabbat observance. They were reported to have received a rabbinical pass to travel by car on President Trump’s inauguration celebrations.