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During the Trumps’ stop in Israel, first lady of Israel Nechama Rivlin spent time with Melania, whom she called ‘ A charming woman inside and out, sensitive and special’ , and surprised the First Lady with a touching gift  intended for Melania’s 11-year-old only son, Barron.

The gift was a book called “The Hug.”



According to descriptions, the book illustrates a mother and son, alone on a walk. Her boy is named Ben. The son is worried that he is alone in the world because he is “special,” but his mother reassures him with a hug.

According to a review from the Jewish Book Council:

Poetically translated from the original Hebrew, we follow young Ben and his mother as they walk through a field one afternoon talking about what makes Ben so very special. If you are unique and special, are you all alone in the world, asks Ben, with a quiet but deep concern. But his mother knows, as mothers often do, how to reassure her child that being one of a kind need never mean being all on your own.


Posting on Facebook, the Israeli First Lady said, ‘It was important for me to give the Barron, who remained at home and is only 11 years old, a souvenir from his parents’ visit to Israel.

She continued, saying Melania was moved and immediately understood that the book was intended for her and Barron. The full comments, posted in Hebrew and translated by Google, are below:


Hi everyone, here is Nechama,

Thank you very much for the warm words from yesterday. You were very excited and excited.

It was a special day for all of us, and of course for Ruby and me too.

In the hustle and bustle of this important and historic visit, I also got to know the first lady from Melania. A charming woman inside and out, sensitive and special.

While we were together, I brought her a gift that I bought for their son, 11-year-old Baron, the charming book “Hug” written by David Grossman and Ira Michal Rovner, in three copies: Hebrew, Arabic and English.

It was important for me to give the Baron, who remained at home and is only 11 years old, a souvenir from his parents’ visit to Israel. There is no suitable number so beautiful, that tells about love by embracing. A book for children, but one that also concerns adults.

Melania was very moved, and immediately understood, even before reading her contents, that this was a story about a mother and child.

I very much hope that Baron will like the book as much as I do.

It was great to sit with her, and with the wonderful Ivanka who joined us, and to talk, among other things, of bringing together strangers who, if they were interested in each other, might have been less afraid of getting closer.

Yours (and thanks again)









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