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A Moment of Clarity About Diversity in our Country

September 23, 2020

I just watched some of the service in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court for Ruth Bader Ginsberg. She lays in state on the Lincoln Catafalque, the platform built to hold the casket of Abraham Lincoln after his assassination. What an honor for her, since this hasn’t been done for a Supreme Court Justice since the death of William Howard Taft, and the honor has never been bestowed upon a woman.

The photo looks strange because it was photographed from my computer.

As I listened to Rabbi Holtzblatt chant the 23rd Psalm, Adonai Roi — a traditional Jewish song of mourning — in Hebrew and English, I marveled at the wonder of our country. A place where the right to practice your own religion was at the heart of people who came early to our shores. How beautiful that we could honor this amazing force of nature, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, with her Jewish traditions, even though that very religion, was one of the stumbling blocks when she went to find a job. How sad that that was the truth.

We may push and pull when it comes to religion and diversity in this country, but I hope this moment of clarity, in honoring a remarkable woman, helps us remember how important it is to respect every individual’s beliefs, whether we share them, or not. It’s our diversity that makes us strong, whether it comes to religion, nationality, race, or sexual preference.

I, along with countless others was so moved by Rabbi Holtzman’s eulogy, it bears repeating again and again.

“To be born into a world that does not see you, that does not believe in your potential, that does not give you a path for opportunity or a clear path for education — and despite this, to be able to see beyond the world you are in, to imagine that something can be different — that is the job of a prophet,” She went on to say, “It’s the rare prophet who not only imagines a new world, but also makes that new world a reality in her lifetime. This was the brilliance and vision of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”

If you weren’t a woman who tried to come up in the ’50s to the ’70s, you may not understand the gravity of those words, or how challenging it was for a woman to simply get the respect men automatically got. To go past that, do it with class, and serve on the Supreme Court for 27 years, helping to create much needed change, is truly something to marvel at.

Rest in peace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, of the Supreme Court of the United States. You’ve more than earned it.

  • Reply
    JoAnn Jones
    September 24, 2020 at 5:29 am

    Love your thoughts about RBG, yes she was a fair and honest woman who had strong ideas but could understand the other side and be a friend to others on the Supreme Court. Let’s pray the next woman chosen is treated fairly regardless of her religion, etc

    • Reply
      Fran Tunno
      September 24, 2020 at 12:23 pm

      I truly hope that can happen JoAnn!

  • Reply
    Jeremiah/Jerry Kitchel
    September 23, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    Great thoughts, Fran. Sobering and so spot-on. Jerry

    • Reply
      Fran Tunno
      September 23, 2020 at 2:28 pm

      Awww, thank you Jerry for always reading and taking the time to share your thoughts. Miss you. Maybe one of these days we’ll get that long awaited lunch! xoxo

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