Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, the Modern Orthodox Rabbi who converted Ivanka Trump to Judaism in New York, was invited to deliver the invocation at the opening session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland yesterday.
But he withdrew his participation due to political pressure from members of his congregation and former students.
So the convention turned to Rabbi Ari Wolf, chaplain of the Cleveland Police Department and the Director of Administrative Services at the Haredi Telshe Yeshiva in Wickliffe, Ohio. Rabbi Wolf spoke at the start of the first day's proceedings, around 1 pm.
If you weren't in the convention hall or watching on TV, here's another chance to see the invocation.
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