Monday, September 21, 2020

Religion, Law and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg-- A Tribute

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's body will lie in repose at the Supreme Court on Wednesday and Thursday of this week (Supreme Court press release), and then will lie in state on Friday at the U.S. Capitol. (NBC News). The Supreme Court courtroom has been draped in black in accordance with Supreme Court custom. According to the Supreme Court's press release announcing her death, a private burial service will take place at Arlington National Cemetery. Here are the statements of other Supreme Court justices on Justice Ginsburg's death.  Justice Breyer began his statement: "I heard of Ruth’s death while I was reciting the Mourner’s Kaddish at the Rosh Hashanah service." Interesting insights into Justice Ginsburg's life are found in an RNS article titled Ruth Bader Ginsburg Was Shaped by Her Minority Faith.

During her 27 years on the Court, Justice Ginsburg authored a number of opinions on church-state and religious liberty issues, including:

An interesting liturgical tribute to Justice Ginsburg was developed by Rabbi Marc Katz and Cantor Meredith Greenberg of Temple Ner Tamid, Bloomfield, NJ.