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Tombstone of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg unveiled in Arlington National Cemetery

Tombstone of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg unveiled in Arlington National Cemetery

September 13, 2021

(September 13, 2021 / JNS) The tombstone of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first Jewish woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, was unveiled days before the first anniversary of her death on Sept. 18. The grave marker was revealed over the weekend...

Amy Hammerman

Honor Justice Ginsburg: Keep her seat open

BY AMY HAMMERMAN October 1, 2020

As the sun set Friday, Sept. 18, the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away after a long struggle with cancer. Many of us learned about this sad news while we were celebrating the New Year with enlightening and hopeful services...

A portrait of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by St. Louis Jewish artist Sherry Salant. Her work, along with 10 other local artists, is now featured at West County Center. Each artist created a piece depicting their interpretation of the Center’s trademark Dove symbol and the public can vote for their favorite through Sept. 30. 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Pursuer of Justice

Jewish Light Editorial September 24, 2020

It might be tempting for Jews, who were among the millions that saw U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as an American hero, to point to the Yiddish proverb, “Der mentsh trakht, un got lakht (man thinks and God laughs)” when considering...

I’m a rabbi who learned the hard way that policing how Jews mourn never ends well

Rabbi Lisa Silverstein September 24, 2020

This article originally appeared in Kveller.(JTA) — When I was in rabbinical school, we were taught some pretty solid information about death and burial. It was academically correct and historically accurate — it was actually one of my favorite courses.However,...

Lois Severin and her late husband, Phil, with Ginsburg at Washington University.

St. Louisans fondly remember their connection to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

By Ellen Futterman, Editor September 24, 2020

Lizzy Mills clearly recalls the day in June 2016 when her Cultural Leadership class was in Washington, D.C and met U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the legal champion and feminist trailblazer who passed away Friday at age 87. Cultural Leadership...

There’s no wrong way to mourn for Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Molly Tolsky September 23, 2020

This article originally appeared in Alma.(JTA) — One year after a dear friend of mine passed away, I bought a yahrzeit candle from the grocery store and lit it in his memory. My friend wasn’t Jewish, and in fact wasn’t religious at all, so the symbolism...

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a dying wish about when she’d be replaced. Jewish tradition can guide our response.

Michael Weiner September 23, 2020

(JTA) — What do we owe the dead? Do the recently departed continue to assert moral claims over us from the grave by the authority of their earnest deathbed wishes and well-planned estates, or are we free to lead our lives in the present without looking...

The flag-draped casket of the Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg arrives at the court in Washington, Sept. 23, 2020. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images) 

Jewish service held for Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court

Ron Kampeas September 23, 2020

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A rabbi recited psalms and said the traditional prayer for the departed as the Supreme Court launched its formal mourning of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Wednesday.Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt of Adas Israel, a Conservative congregation...

How Ruth Bader Ginsburg went from the Notorious RBG to Ruth the Tzaddik

Josefin Dolsten September 22, 2020

(JTA) — Many Americans have been paying tribute to the popularized version of Ruth Bader Ginsberg — the feisty workout-devoted octogenarian Supreme Court justice who had morphed in the past decade from admired legal trailblazer to beloved feminist...

Offline and in synagogue: How Orthodox Jews learned about Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death

Shira Hanau September 21, 2020

(JTA) – Shlomo Zuckier was walking out of his in-laws’ house Saturday morning to go to synagogue when he saw the newspaper on the ground. Through the plastic bag, he could read the headline with the biggest story of the previous evening: Ruth Bader...

A viral tweet said RBG dying on Rosh Hashanah made her a ‘tzaddik.’ Is that true?

Ben Harris September 21, 2020

(JTA) — Within hours of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death on Friday evening, an obscure Jewish tradition began circulating online: Someone who dies on or just before Rosh Hashanah is a righteous person.“A Jewish teaching says those who die just before...

Shortened shofar blasts and last-minute sermon tweaks: How Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death changed Rosh Hashanah services

Philissa Cramer September 21, 2020

(JTA) — Rabbi Matt Soffer was leaving his synagogue on Friday evening after leading Rosh Hashanah services alone for a congregation following along online when the text came from his wife: Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died. “The news brought me to my...

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