WATCH: Ivanka Opens Up About Her Judaism and Dealing With Attacks, Calls it ‘Lashon Hara’

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(VINnews) — Ivanka Trump, a Jewish convert and the daughter of President Donald Trump, appeared on the Lex Fridman podcast. It was her first ever podcast interview, a long and in-depth glimpse into her personal feelings and values.

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Among the many topics covered, Fridman asked Ivanka how she coped with the enormous amount of attacks she suffered and how she remained stoic.

Ivanka responded that she feels things “very deeply” and she felt both the positive and negative in a deep way. She then discussed how evil the concept of “lashon hara” is in Judaism.

She said: “There’s a concept in Judaism called Lashon Hara, which means evil speech. The idea is that speaking poorly of another is almost the moral equivalent to murder, because you can’t really repair it. You can apologize, but you can’t repair it. Another component of that is that it does as much damage to the person saying the words than it does to the person receiving them. And I think about that a lot. I talk about this concept with my kids a lot, and I’m not willing to pay the price of that fleeting and momentary satisfaction of sort of swinging back because I think it would be too expensive for my soul. And that’s how I made peace with it, because I think that feels more true for me.”

Ivanka also touched on her father’s recent criminal conviction. She began by explaining why she is no longer as involved in politics as some of her other family members.

“It’s a pretty dark world. There’s a lot of darkness, a lot of negativity, and it’s just really at odds with what feels good for me as a human being. And, you know, it’s a really rough business. So for me and my family, it feels right to not participate,” she said.

Fridman replied, “I think part of that darkness is just watching all the legal turmoil that’s going on. What’s it like for you to see your father involved in that, going through that?”

Trump reiterated her support. “On a human level, it’s my father and I love him very much, so it’s painful to experience,” she said. “But ultimately, I wish it didn’t have to be this way.”

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The whole tooth
The whole tooth
13 days ago

She sounds like a fine person and we should be happy that she embraced our religion.

Oren
Oren
13 days ago

Ivanka for president

Kate
Kate
13 days ago

She is strong and smart. She has taken a lot from the haters. I admire her as I do her whole family.

Chamas hemelech
Chamas hemelech
13 days ago

very immpressive.she should work chafetz chaim heritage foundation

Mike
Mike
13 days ago

From the first podcast all I can say is
” WOW”

Alta Bubby
Alta Bubby
12 days ago

Very admirable woman!!

Sholom
Sholom
13 days ago

Smart podcast to appear on.
Other podcasters ask tough questions and challenge guests’ answers.
That’s not Fridman’s style, which is one reason why he’s able to get high-profile guests.

Tshuva
Tshuva
13 days ago

She needs to give chizuk to her father 🙂

alter_bachur
alter_bachur
13 days ago

according to usa law – is she allowed to be nominee for vice-president under DJT?

lazy-boy
lazy-boy
12 days ago

nicely spoken.

Curious George
Curious George
13 days ago

Who is the individual doing the interview? Never heard of seen him before. Why did she agree to go davka on his podcast?

Educated Archy
Educated Archy
13 days ago

She would make a great president. And she has world experience now from last time. Much better than her father. I know that there are other considerations but just point out. To those that say well look at some NYS lawsuit. I don’t take much from anything in NY.

Charlie Hall
Charlie Hall
12 days ago

She isn’t a public figure, unlike her husband. She should be left alone.

see
see
13 days ago

Just gives a little inside of Trump, usually it’s part of her DNA