This year has brought with it, as many years do, a significant number of people we’ve lost who are gone before we think they should leave, or whose loss will forever be noticed. Today the US lost a fierce leader that many looked up to: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at 87. She had lived a long life and left a mark that cannot be missed on the world. Even if you didn’t agree with all of the stances she took, you have to be impressed with her attitude, commitment and hard work, not to mention her passion that helped her work through several illnesses while continuing to fight for justice for many people in the US.
Ginsburg was a pioneering woman, who stood strong for what she believed in and thought was right, was committed to her Jewish faith, and touched countless lives through her wisdom and friendship throughout her life. You always know you’ve got a strong, true leader when people on both/all sides of the table are able to talk about her with respect. She is someone that students should study and girls should look up to as they look for role models to learn from as they navigate this challenging world that we live in.
As Jewish people around the world gathered tonight to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of their new year, the celebrations were touched with news of her loss. It’s always hard to lose someone on a holiday, and almost ironic that as much as she was able to move things forward for so many people, she passed on the new year, leaving a void for someone else to hopefully step up.
New years and new beginnings are always hard because there almost always has to be some loss to go along with the forward movement. You don’t know what the future holds, you only know what has happened in the past. So it’s our job to commit to doing our best as we move forward, and hopefully we’re able to meet life’s challenges with the same confidence, commitment and consideration that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg did in her long life, and would have continued to do so should she been blessed with more years to live. I think she should be very proud of all that she did, and if we all are able to come up with even a fraction of the legacy she left to leave ourselves, I think she would be even more proud that she helped impact the world through each of us.
“Some things in life are more important than votes.” Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
“And she did it all with kindness, grace, and calm, treating even her strongest adversaries with respect.” Former President Bill Clinton
“Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.” Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg