As the US Presidential elections draw closer, the candidates are looking for all the support they can get.
On Saturday night, Ivanka Trump, presidential candidate Donald Trump’s Jewish daughter, and her husband Jared Kushner visited the grave of the influential Lubavitcher Rebbe, also known as the “Ohel”. The Ohel is located in the Old Montefiore Cemetery in Queens, New York.
The Lubavitcher Rebbe (Rabbi) was the founder of the Chabad movement. Thousands of Jews visit his grave site every year to pray for blessings in the merit of his righteous memory.
The visit was ostensibly for a blessing before the elections, but it may have also been to drum up additional last minute support among the Orthodox community, many of whom already support Trump.
Press were not invited to the event.
The visit also happened to coincide with the gun scare at Donald Trump’s rally in Reno, Nevada.
On the other side of the Hassidic spectrum, last week, a Satmar Brooklyn weekly, Der Yid, according to a report in The Forward, recommended that voters show their appreciation to Hillary Clinton for being “sympathetic to the needs of the Haredi Community.”