Condolences to Justice Ginsburg

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All eyes were on Elena Kagan today, as the nice Jewish girl from New York took the stand for day 2 of her confirmation hearings. And you may have heard the chatter about her cheeky Jew-y comment. When asked by Senator Lindsey Graham where she was on Christmas Day, when the infamous underwear bomber was attempting to attack, she said, “Like all Jews, I was probably at a Chinese restaurant.” Zing! God, I love this lady.

However, it was another Jewish Justice who made headlines today. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lost her husband, Martin D. Ginsburg on Sunday morning. You can, and should, read his full obituary at the New York Times, but here’s the sweetest part:

“I have been supportive of my wife since the beginning of time, and she has been supportive of me,” he said at the time of her Supreme Court nomination. “It’s not sacrifice; it’s family.”

He sounds like a wonderful man.

Justice Ginsburg has been battling cancer herself this year, and I’m sure this is an especially sad and difficult time for her and her family. Hamakom yenachem etchem betokh shaar avlei tzion v’yerushalyim.

Posted on June 29, 2010

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