JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG



Rest In Peace — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

  

 “ Zedek, Zedek, Tirdof ” — “Justice, justice, shall you pursue.” 


She Was An Immigrant, So Was My Family

🔯  RBG:  “I had the good fortune to be a Jew born and raised in the USA”.  My father left Odessa, in the south of the Ukraine bound for the New World in 1909, at age 13; my mother was first in her large family to be born here, in 1903, just a few months after her parents and older siblings landed in New York.  What is the difference between a bookkeeper in New York’s garment district and a Supreme Court Justice? Just one generation, my mother’s life and mine bear witness. Where else but America could that happen?


EDITOR:   When I was invited by draft to join the War effort, I chose the Air Force and not the Army, I quickly decided Aviation beat Marching… After additional testing, lots of math and science, my job ( needs of the service) required a strong Office Of Special Investigations (OSI)  background check for the type of top secret Q-clearance to perform sensitive operations which today, the home computer is more dangerous

I never knew where my grandparents on my Dads side came from. Somehow the OSI knew more than I knew.  Seven of our neighbors were questioned at length by the OSI.  I got the job

My Dad’s family came from Vishnoa,  just 20 km and a very small village outside Odessa which is in Ukraine and came to the United States about the same time her family arrived, within a year or so.  There was so much about her that only could be created and lived by as a Jew.  I admired her courage and she  reminded me of my own mother, principled and disciplined, aimed in the right direction. My mothers side came from the basic same area more northernly closer to Poland.
They all landed at Ellis Island.  

Her mother was a bookkeeper in the garment center in NY, my grandfather on my mothers side was a head tailor for a clothing manufacturer in the same garment center.   He could speak very little in English, but since many of the hundred sewing staff didn’t either, they needed him… he was a magnificent tail and the ten or so grandkids all had matching jackets and were passed on from cousin to cousin as we grew larger.  

This all sounds like Fiddler on the Roof… I have seen the show performed on stage in three states and by three professional groups…


Zedek, Zedek, Tirdof… Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue
🔯 My heritage as a Jew and my occupation as a judge fit together symmetrically. The demand for justice runs through the entirety of Jewish history and Jewish tradition. I take pride in and draw strength from my heritage, as signs in my chambers attest: a large silver mezuzah on my door post, a gift from the Shulamith School for Girls in Brooklyn; on three walls, in artists’ renditions of Hebrew letters, the command from Deuteronomy: “ Zedek, Zedek, Tirdof ”   —  “Justice, justice, shall you pursue.” 

Those words are ever-present reminders of what judges must do that they “may thrive.”  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday, the court announced. She was 87.  Ginsburg was appointed in 1993 by President Bill Clinton and in recent years served as the most senior member of the court's liberal wing consistently delivering progressive votes on the most divisive social issues of the day, including abortion rights, same-sex marriage, voting rights, immigration, health care and affirmative action. 

Along the way, she developed a rock star type status and was dubbed the "Notorious R.B.G." In speaking events across the country before liberal audiences, she was greeted with standing ovations as she spoke about her view of the law, her famed exercise routine and her often fiery dissents.

SHE was the Champion for peoples rights, men and women equally and there are not enough of those persons around today in the Senate which represents greed, selfishness, collaboration and  collusion, of an aristocracy in our country basically doing nothing for the people. Unfortunately her untimely passing excited the scumbags in Washington.

And T-RUMP  and McConnell just couldn’t wait, T-RUMP  that bastard twitted how this was an opportunity…not an ounce of respect for the life she led, only their greed and legacy to attain 100% Conservative Courts.   Worse, on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, which marks the Jewish New Year Celebration leading to the day of atonement Yom Kippur, begins Friday, September 18.  

The Five Books of Moses in the Torah tells us death is motivated not by the actions of an anti-human supernatural being, but through man’s own sin.  My friend said:  Her frail body was still warm and those bastards were playing politics to elect a Supreme Court Judge… God has the message…they have sinned… 

Even if you're not Jewish, it's a way to immerse yourself in parts of these rituals of renewal.  Maybe God knows we all need a little renewal now.  “It’s about how you want to clear your soul for the New Year.  It ends on Yom Kippur, the day of atonement.   This is how Hitler and Mussolini got started.   T-RUMP VS. HITLER   but the bottom line is this: 

This pair of cons is GUILTY:   T-Rump and McConnell collaborated together for four years, in that time, we have 120,000 people killed by gunfire and not one word offered in the Congress… that died in the Senate about gun control, nor sales, restrictions, penalties.  What have they done to stop it?  Nothing…

Add 200,000 killed by COVID-19 negligence  and lies with no help from the Photo-op president, just more lies, lie after lie after lie and more people die… And estimate range from 380,000 to 410,000 in January 2020.  A vote for T-RUMP will cost you everything you have if he is re-elected, like the possibility of your life or your loved ones life.

The tragic passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an especially severe blow to the Jewish community.

The death of the first Jewish woman to serve on the Supreme Court coincided with Erev Rosh Hashanah, the eve of the Jewish New Year, one of the most important holidays in the Jewish calendar. 

Already dispirited by the limitations imposed by COVID-19, celebratory Jewish services were further saddened by the devastating news of Ginsburg’s death. 

On the occasion or anniversary of someone’s death, it is a Jewish custom to say zikhronah livrakha, “may her memory be a blessing.” 

Ginsburg was well-known for her forceful legal opinions and her outspoken commitment to women’s rights. 

Before her tenure on the Supreme Court, she worked at Rutgers Law School, where she was one of only two female law professors at the university and among only a handful in the nation. She later taught at Columbia Law School, where she became the first female full professor.

Ginsburg also co-founded the Women’s Rights Law Reporter and wrote the brief for Reed v. Reed, the case that extended the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause to include women. In 1972, she co-founded the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union, where she successfully litigated against numerous laws that discriminated on the basis of sex.


TODAY
But today, here in the Capitol, the lawmaking heart of our nation, in close proximity to the Supreme Court, we remember in sorrow that Hitler’s Europe, his Holocaust kingdom, was not lawless. Indeed, it was a kingdom full of laws, laws deployed by highly educated people — teachers, lawyers, and judges — to facilitate oppression, slavery and mass murder. We convene to say “Never again,” not only to Western history’s most unjust regime, but also to a world in which good men and women, abroad and even in the USA, witnessed or knew of the Holocaust kingdom’s crimes against humanity, and let them happen.

The world’s failure to stop the atrocities of the Third Reich was perhaps nowhere more apparent than in Hungary, where the Holocaust descended late in the war. But when it came, it advanced with brutal speed. Hungary was the first country in Europe to adopt an anti-Jewish law after World War I, a short-lived measure that restricted the admission of Jews to institutions of higher learning. In the main, however, that nation’s 800,000 Jews lived free from terror until 1944. Although 63,000 Hungarian Jews lost their lives before the German occupation — most of them during forced service, under dreadful conditions, in labor battalions — Hungary’s leaders staved off German demands to carry out the Final Solution until March 19, 1944, when Hitler’s troops occupied the country.   The first transport of Jews to Auschwitz was 997 teenage girls. Few survived.

Then, overnight, everything changed. Within three and a half months of the occupation, 437,000 Hungarian Jews were deported. Four trains a day, each transporting up to 3,000 people packed together like freight, left Hungary for Auschwitz, where most of the passengers were methodically murdered. This horrendous time is chronicled unforgettably by Hungarian Holocaust survivors and Nobel Prize winners Elie Wiesel, today’s lead speaker, and Imre Kertész, in their captivating works, “Night” and “Fateless.”

What happened to Hungary’s Jews is a tragedy beyond reckoning. For, unlike earlier deportations, the deportations in Hungary began and relentlessly continued after the tide had turned against the Axis, and after the Nazis’ crimes against humanity had been exposed. Less than a week after the German occupation of Hungary, President Roosevelt delivered a speech reporting that “the wholesale systematic murder of the Jews of Europe goes on unabated every hour” and that Hungarian Jews were now among those “threatened with annihilation.” Yet, the world, for the most part, did not rise up to stop the killing.

ED: The authoritarianism of our current President is so severe, he has been and I agree modern day patterned version of the authoritarian disaster and destruction of an entire world by Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust.


HER HISTORY WIKIPEDIA

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (/ˈbeɪdər ˈɡɪnzbɜːrɡ/; born Joan Ruth Bader; March 15, 1933 – September 18, 2020)
Was an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1993 until her death.   She was nominated by President Bill Clinton and at the time was generally viewed as a moderate consensus-builder. 

She eventually became part of the liberal wing of the Court as the Court shifted to the right over time. Ginsburg was the first Jewish woman and the second woman to serve on the Court, after Sandra Day O'Connor. During her tenure, Ginsburg wrote notable majority opinions, including United States v. Virginia (1996), Olmstead v. L.C. (1999), Friends of the Earth, Inc. v. Laidlaw Environmental Services, Inc. (2000), and City of Sherrill v. Oneida Indian Nation of New York (2005).

Ginsburg was born and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Her older sister died when she was a baby, and her mother died shortly before Ginsburg graduated from high school. She earned her bachelor's degree at Cornell University and married Martin D. Ginsburg, becoming a mother before starting law school at Harvard, where she was one of the few women in her class. 

Ginsburg transferred to Columbia Law School, where she graduated joint first in her class. During the early 1960s she worked with the Columbia Law School Project on International Procedure, learned Swedish and co-authored a book with Swedish jurist Anders Bruzelius; her work in Sweden profoundly influenced her thinking on gender equality. She then became a professor at Rutgers Law School and Columbia Law School, teaching civil procedure as one of the few women in her field.

Ginsburg spent much of her legal career as an advocate for gender equality and women's rights, winning many arguments before the Supreme Court. She advocated as a volunteer attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union and was a member of its board of directors and one of its general counsel in the 1970s. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, where she served until her appointment to the Supreme Court in 1993. 

Between O'Connor's retirement in 2006 and the appointment of Sonia Sotomayor in 2009, she was the only female justice on the Supreme Court. During that time, Ginsburg became more forceful with her dissents.  Ginsburg received attention in American popular culture for her passionate dissents in numerous cases, widely seen as reflecting paradigmatically liberal views of the law. She was dubbed “The Notorious R.B.G.", and she later embraced the moniker.   Ginsburg died at her home in Washington, DC. on September 18, 2020, at the age of 87, from complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer.

“My heritage as a Jew and my occupation as a judge fit together symmetrically,” she said. “The demand for justice runs through the entirety of Jewish history and Jewish tradition.”   She decorated her chambers in the Supreme Court with the Hebrew phrase zedek, zedek, tirdof: “Justice, justice shall you pursue.”

Days before her death…  Ruth Ginsburg dictated to her granddaughter, Clara Spera: 

“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”


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