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Crisis Averted! Ivanka And Melania Trump Pray At Women’s Section Of Western Wall

On Monday, Donald Trump became the first U.S. president to visit the Western Wall while in office.

Trump, after hearing a lengthy explanation from the Western Wall’s rabbi, walked solemnly to the wall and stood by the ancient remain of the Jewish temple for about a minute. He then followed the Jewish tradition and inserted a note into the crevice of the wall.

Trump’s wife Melania Trump, daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner stood alongside the president as he listened to the explanation at the entrance plaza, but when it came time for prayer at the wall, the group split up. President Trump walked by himself to the wall, while his wife and daughter were taken to the separated part of the wall designated for women’s prayer.

This put an end to speculation, and some concern among Orthodox leaders in Israel, that the first lady and daughter would choose to pray alongside the president at the men’s section, thus breaking the rules set by Israel’s Orthodox rabbinate, which mandates gender segregation at the wall.

Contact Nathan Guttman at guttman@forward.com or on Twitter, @nathanguttman

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