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Washington - Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is Surprise Rosh Hashanah Speaker At DC Synagogue

Published on: September 24, 2017 06:00 PM
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 Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua RobertsFILE -
Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Washington - Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told Rosh Hashanah worshipers at a Washington, D.C. synagogue that being Jewish has helped her have empathy for other minority groups.

Ginsburg, 84, spoke Wednesday evening at Rosh Hashanah services for Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in downtown Washington. Her appearance was a surprise to worshippers at the non-denominational synagogue, The Associated Press reported.

“If you are a member of a minority group, particularly a minority group that has been picked on, you have empathy for others who are similarly situated,” she told worshippers during a 20-minute Q&A session.

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She also said that Jewish values have guided her work on the bench.

“The Jewish religion is an ethical religion. That is, we are taught to do right, to love mercy, do justice, not because there’s gonna be any reward in heaven or punishment in hell. We live righteously because that’s how people should live and not anticipating any award in the hereafter,” Ginsburg said.

Ginsburg, who has been on the court since 1993, is one of three current Jewish justices serving on the Supreme Court and the longest-serving Jewish justice. The other Jewish justices are Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan. Breyer spoke last year at Sixth & I High Holiday services.



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 Sep 24, 2017 at 07:01 PM Anonymous Says:

She may be onthe Supreme Court but she does not understand what the Supreme Ruler wants on Rosh Hashanah.Nothing in her speechis what Rosh Hashanah is about

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 Sep 24, 2017 at 09:27 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

A first-class mind. She is a real sharp cookie. We will miss her.

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 Sep 25, 2017 at 03:35 AM zshine Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

She may be onthe Supreme Court but she does not understand what the Supreme Ruler wants on Rosh Hashanah.Nothing in her speechis what Rosh Hashanah is about

Correct, like empathy, to do right, to love mercy, do justice. These are not what Rosh Hashana is about.

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 Sep 25, 2017 at 07:25 AM Shimon Says:

Probably her first time in a "shul" in 80 years.
Looking back on some of her votes show the antithesis of Jewish values.

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 Sep 25, 2017 at 10:47 AM Anonymous Says:

I can't stand Ruth Bader Ginsburg. When she was on the D.C. Court of Appeals, she voted against the appeal of Jonathan Pollard. It was a 2-1 decision. If she had voted the other way, Pollard would have been freed years ago. Also, she called Trump a "faker", while he was running for office. Never in the 240 year history of our country, did a sitting U.S. Supreme Court Justice, stick their nose into a pending Presidential election. I wish that she would resign, now.

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 Sep 25, 2017 at 11:03 AM georgeg Says:

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zshine Says:

Correct, like empathy, to do right, to love mercy, do justice. These are not what Rosh Hashana is about.

> to do right, to love mercy, do justice

me:
That is the point. How does one define "right", "mercy" and "justice"? A hot topic is abortion. Leaving aside the question of killing the baby while still completely inside the mother, so-called "partial birth abortions" refers to killing the baby after (or during) a still living baby has "partially" emerged out of the mother. Guess which side the judge in question chose to be "right" and "mercy" and "justice".

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 Sep 25, 2017 at 11:23 AM Carole Says:

she sits on the Bench (court) on Yom Kippur!

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 Sep 25, 2017 at 02:30 PM AmYisroel Says:

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PaulinSaudi Says:

A first-class mind. She is a real sharp cookie. We will miss her.

can't wait until she retires so you can start missing her

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