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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Legacy

Original post made by Ardan Michael Blum, Downtown North, on Sep 19, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg died right before the start of the Jewish new year. Ruth was a sort of Shofar[*] as her voice stood for the core values of respect, equality and power for the oppressed. But that is my personal view.

What are YOUR memories of Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Your thoughts on her passing, your hopes for the future?

* Ancient musical horn typically made of a ram's horn used to unite the ancient tribe of Israel during the Jewish High Holidays. [Image I took of "waves in the sand" at Half Moon Bay]

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Posted by Judith T.
a resident of another community
on Sep 19, 2020 at 8:03 pm

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I had the feeling that Ruth was trying to hold on till the elections. I do not know this for a fact, but it seemed that she did not want our current president to have any power / say in her replacement at the Supreme Court. In many ways her passing will, I feel, give a new force to the Democratic party vote.

To me, growing up in NY in the 1930s in a highly orthodox Jewish household I wanted, and found my emancipation. I went to a liberal arts college, forgot most of the Yiddish I learnt and started my own road. Ruth Baber was part of this road. She walked at my side. Bless her! May she rest in Peace!

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Posted by Yolanda E. May
a resident of Stanford
on Sep 19, 2020 at 9:14 pm

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Ardan thank you! Lovely topic! I was lucky to hear RBG speak here at Stanford. Video Web Link

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Posted by Judith T.
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on Sep 20, 2020 at 12:16 pm

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Had to come back with this Web Link (on which ends with this wonderful sentence: "Justice Ginsburg died an optimist because she’d seen the impossible happen. She made much of it happen herself. May the memory of that age of optimism be a blessing."

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Posted by Ardan Michael Blum
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 21, 2020 at 6:39 pm

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There is just published on this site: "What I will remember about Ruth Bader Ginsburg" by Diana Diamond. A touching and lovely message found at Web Link

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Posted by Ardan Michael Blum
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 21, 2020 at 7:04 pm

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Palo Alto Flags Lowered In Honor Of Ruth Bader Ginsburg! More: Web Link

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Posted by Rebecca Eisenberg
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 21, 2020 at 11:52 pm

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I wrote this post after attending a local vigil in Justice Ginsburg's memory Saturday night.

Web Link

I also posted it as a comment to Diana Diamond's lovely column here Web Link (before I saw your topic as well!).

Thank you for collecting these memories. Justice Ginsburg changed so many lives for the better. Zichronah livracha.

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Posted by Lee Forrest
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 22, 2020 at 7:58 am

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> "...your hopes for the future?"

^ In regards to the future of the SCOTUS...hoping that the new associate justice will embrace & share the judicial visions of RBG & Louis Brandeis (along with William O. Douglass & Thurgood Marshall).

A 6-3 conservative to liberal SCOTUS imbalance will keep America in the dark ages.

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