Protecting Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg

As Jews sat in Shul last night celebrating the start of our New Year, 5781, we got word that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, had passed away.  
Her SCOTUS colleague Justice Stephen Breyer, attending the same virtual Synagogue services that I did, New York Central, was informed of her passing in the awesome midst of us all reciting the Mourner’s Kaddish, which we do at every Jewish Service. Hearing this gave me such a sense of inter-connectedness, through the Divine, with all – a deep sense of unified duty, moving forward. Given the challenges of these times, I felt an odd sense of optimism, knowing that ultimately freedom, justice and equality must prevail.
With that fight up to us all!
We ALL mourn the great loss of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who passed away on the eve of the Jewish New Year, 5781.
An Icon
A great Jurist
A Warrior for Justice and Equality
A Mother
A Grandmother
A Friend to so many
A Woman

Inspiring generations, who will be so sorely missed and forever remembered

May she rest peacefully, and may we all honor and protect her memory by never giving up that which she inspired – the ongoing fight for justice and equality

Deep condolences to her Family and the American People:
Ha’makom yenahem etkhem betokh she’ar avelei Tziyonvi’Yerushalayim.


This morning Central Synagogue’s Rabbi Angel Buchdahl speaks to Justice Bader Ginsberg’s passing and the duty – Shemira –  to watch over our fellow Jew …. protecting her SOUL until laid to peaceful rest: 

Some words from Rabbi Angela Buchdahl at our morning Rosh HaShanah service:
“When a Jew dies, there is a custom that a shomer, or protector, sits watch with the body, keeping it company and reciting psalms until she is laid to rest. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is not yet buried, but we can do the mitzvah of being her virtual shomrim. Let us now sit by her side and recite this psalm in watchful presence, as we pray for God to watch over her soul before she is laid to rest in peace.”

Please watch this very special tribute from our New York Central Congregation, today this Rosh Hashana morning at services:

“Justice Ginsburg was a giant in the fight for equality and civil rights — she embodied everything that our movement stands for. We stand on the accomplishments of her life’s work that have continued to amplify the need to protect and expand equal rights for women and underserved communities. And we celebrate women having a voice in the workforce while also having the ability to make decisions for their own health and wellbeing because of the work of Justice Ginsburg.

This is not a moment to be politicized — instead, we reflect on the heroic, feminist voice Justice Ginsburg offered, and the influence of empowerment she instilled in each and every one of us.

We owe it to Justice Ginsburg to continue the fight for justice and equality for all. Even to the end of her life, she remained committed to our affirmation: that none of us are free, until we are all free.

Thank you, Justice Ginsburg, for a remarkable life, career, and for championing what’s right. We will remember your life and continue the work for freedom and justice.

In love and solidarity,

Patrisse Cullors
Black Lives Matter Global Network”

By Melanie Nathan
Law, Human Rights Advocacy and Mediation
African Human Rights Coalition
Executive Director
pronouns: she / her / hers

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