President Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and eldest daughter Ivanka Trump on Monday visited Jerusalem's Western Wall, one of Judaism's holiest places, reports ABC News.
CNN notes that while their presence was historical, as Donald Trump is the first sitting president to do so, but it was deeply personal for Ivanka.
Ivanka Trump converted to Judaism prior to her 2009 marriage to Jared Kushner. The couple practices Orthodox Judaism and needed a rabbi's blessing to break Shabbat as they traveled with the president to Saudi Arabia and Israel.
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While at the Western Wall, Ivanka engaged in a moment of prayer, appearing incredibly moved by the experience. As the eldest Trump daughter returned to her group, she seemed to wipe away a tear.
Ivanka later said via Twitter, "It was deeply meaningful to visit the holiest site of my faith and to leave a note of prayer."
It was deeply meaningful to visit the holiest site of my faith and to leave a note of prayer.
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— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) May 22, 2017
Both Ivanka and her husband have faced scrutiny from those who feel the high-profile couple does not adequately abide by their faith. However, in a commentary published in the Jerusalem Post it was noted that after her experience at the Western Wall.
"Even hardened Israeli pundits called her 'Ivanka, a member of our people,' applauding her for the quiet moment," the Jerusalem Post describes. "Agree or disagree with her religious choices, many Jews have been moved to tears at the Kotel. And yesterday, Ivanka became one more among them."
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