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Fall 2021




Thomas Jefferson School of Law




For those who care about justice, particularly for marginalized communities, September 18, 2020 brought immense heartbreak.2 On that day, which happened to be Rosh Hashanah, Justice Ginsburg, who had previously written about how her religious background shaped her career as a lawyer, 3 passed away.

When Justice Ginsburg passed, many highlighted that a person who dies on Rosh Hashanah, the start of the Jewish New Year, is a "Tzadik," which is a title given to people of great righteousness. 4 For example, Nina Totenberg, a reporter for National Public Radio, explained, "A Jewish teaching says those who died just before the Jewish New Year are the ones God has held back until the last moment, because they were needed most, and were most righteous." 5 No truer words have been spoken about Justice Ginsburg. Throughout her career as a professor, practicing lawyer, and jurist, Justice Ginsburg revealed to the world exactly why she was among those persons who were most needed and most righteous in our society. She was a guiding light on the United States Supreme Court, a warrior for justice, and an inspiration to millions of people. Through her example, she reminded all of us who care about justice and equality how we have to be vigilant in the fight for these principles and goals every day.

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