The Honorable and the Honored: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Portrait - Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States, Photographer: Steve Petteway (Public domain)

The words of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2004

“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, gift from the Shulamith School for Girls in Brooklyn; on three walls, in artists’ renditions of Hebrew letters, the command from Deuteronomy: ‘tzedek, tzedek, tirdof’ — ‘Justice, justice shall you pursue.’ Those words are ever-present reminders of what judges must do that they ‘may thrive.'” 

The Jewish Education Project mourns the loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Whether writing articles for the East Midwood Jewish Center as an adolescent in Brooklyn, acting as the "camp rabbi" at Camp Che-Na-Wah, or working as a lawyer, judge, and fierce advocate for women's rights, Justice Ginsburg was always inspired by the teachings of Judaism. To learn more about the incredible life and career of Justice Ginsburg, we are assembling a collection of articles and curricular resources here on The Jewish Educator Portal.  If you have other educational resources you would like to recommend, please send them to May her memory forever be a blessing. 

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