Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg becomes first woman and first Jewish American to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made history one last time
The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is lying in state at the U.S. Capitol on Friday.
She became the first woman in American history to do so. She’s also the first Jewish American to lie in state, too.
- Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, of New Jersey, who was Jewish, laid in repose in the Senate chamber, which is different than lying in state, according to The New York Times.
- Civil rights icon Rosa Parks laid in honor at the Capitol, which is also a different tribute.
The challenges she faced:
Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt, of Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, eulogized Ginsburg on Friday, talking about the challenges she had to face in her life.
- “Justice did not arrive like a lightning bolt, but rather through dogged persistence, all the days of her life. Real change, she said, enduring change, happens one step at a time.”
- “Today we stand in sorrow — and tomorrow, we the people must carry on Justice Ginsburg’s legacy.”
- “She was our prophet. Now we she must be permitted to rest, after toiling so hard for every single one of us.”
"Today we stand in sorrow—and tomorrow, we the people must carry on Justice Ginsburg's legacy."— ABC News (@ABC) September 25, 2020
"She was our prophet," Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt says. "Now we she must be permitted to rest, after toiling so hard for every single one of us." https://t.co/C93aHNsFJB pic.twitter.com/BpcoSu9FG3
Social media users shared a number of reactions about Ginsburg and the final accomplishment of her life.
I just saw Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt sing the "al maleh rachamim" at RBG's memorial service at the Supreme Court and as a woman and a Jew am overwhelmed with grief for RBG's death and gratitude for her life.— (((Beth Balsam))) (@bbalsam) September 23, 2020
Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt just sang Min HaMetzar in the Capitol. Regardless of your politics, if you are jewish, a pretty amazing moment to hear Hebrew chanted in the Capitol.— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) September 25, 2020
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the first woman, and the first Jewish person, to lie in state in the Capitol. May her memory be a blessing and an inspiration to us all. https://t.co/7cIVi3TtI9— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) September 25, 2020
A life of consequence, intellect, resilience, fierce gentility and good humor. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg changed our world, our opportunities and her memory can and will still light a path. pic.twitter.com/IpgNF7YZKv— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) September 25, 2020