On the eve of Rosh Hashanah, our country lost Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first Jewish woman on the Supreme Court. The death of this strong advocate for justice leaves the world a little dimmer.
Justice Ginsburg was a pioneer in the fight for the rights of women and a passionate voice for the marginalized in our society. Her Jewish identity was an important component of how she viewed herself and the world, and she gave so many a positive role model for what it means to be an American, a feminist, and a jurist.
These words, which she wrote with Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt, for the American Jewish World Service’s Passover Haggadah, are a beautiful reminder of her vision:
“The stories we tell our children shape what they believe to be possible . . . While there is much light in today’s world, there remains in our universe disheartening darkness, inhumanity spawned by ignorance and hate. . . . The Passover story recalls to all of us—women and men—that with vision and action we can join hands with others of like mind, kindling lights along paths leading out of the terrifying darkness.”
We will say Kaddish for Ruth Bader Ginsburg during the period of sh’loshim, the first month of mourning. May she be remembered for blessing, and may she inspire us to strive to complete the work of creating a society and world filled with justice.