“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.”
So says the Ten Commandments found in Exodus. And many faithful people around the world go to great lengths to devote one day a week to God.
The Huffington Post recently published an insightful piece about Ivanka Trump and her role in the Trump campaign. The article highlighted the contrast between Ivanka’s grace and measure with Donald’s brashness and impulsiveness. It is curious to some that Ivanka is so loyal to her father when she seems so different from him.
In addition to the insight provided about Ivanka’s personal history and her work for the campaign, the article discussed her conversion to Orthodox Judaism when she married her husband, publisher Jared Kushner. While the article claims Donald was less than pleased with her decision to do so, Ivanka converted and now observes Shabbat from dusk on Friday until dusk on Saturday.
The author of the Huffington Post piece, Hannah Seligson, astutely notes that many of Donald’s most controversial campaign moments occurred when his daughter was off the grid observing Shabbat, and most likely not consulting him. The article argued that because she was observing the sabbath, Donald was left without a voice of reason to rein him in.
Whether or not Donald’s controversial Saturday tweets and interviews had anything to do with his daughter’s religious devotion, we will never know, but the concept is intriguing. It made me think about what would happen if we all used one day a week to step back, reflect, and assess our behavior.
What if we stopped to think about our decisions, the way we treat people, and how we spend our time? What if when we took that one day per week we realized that we probably should be more sensitive with our social media posts and the way we speak to our family members. Like many religious concepts, whether you’re a believer or not, they are often founded in a principle that improves both your life and the lives of those around you.
I don’t know if Ivanka Trump’s Judaism informs her relationship with her dad or changes the way she interacts with others, but I do know that my behavior changes when I stop, think, and reset. Maybe we could learn a thing or two from the calmer Trump, and recharge our spiritual batteries every once in a while.
What do you do to unplug, take a step back, and reflect on your life? How are you introspective? Do you keep the Sabbath holy? Tell me in the comments!