Tag : Ruth Bader Ginsburg

July 27, 2020 by

To Be an RBG Biographer… •

Debbie Levy, author of two biographies of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, for young readers, is interviewed by her bookseller son Ben Hoffman about how she went about interviewing RBG and writing the picture-book biography I Dissent, and the graphic-novel-style biography Becoming RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Journey to Justice, about her research and interviewing the RBG. youtu.be/RsvMmA_b4RY

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December 18, 2019 by

7 Jewish Feminist Highlights of 2019

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

(Photo by Joan Roth) Ruth Bader Ginsburg

 Between impeachment hearings, an overstocked Democratic presidential field, intensifying attacks on abortion rights, continued governmental atrocities against immigrants, and hate crimes against Jews and Jewish institutions, 2019 has been quite the year (and that’s understatement!). But as Deborah Lipstadt wisely counsels in her book Antisemitism: Here and Now, we need “to balance the ‘oy’ with the ‘joy.’” In that spirit, I offer my annual seven Jewish Feminist Highlights (seven being the number associated with creation and blessing in the Jewish tradition). 

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September 26, 2018 by

Notorious RBG

This first-ever retrospective exhibition about trailblazing Supreme Court Justice turned-cultural-icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg is based on the New York Times bestselling book of the same name and created in partnership with its authors, Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik. The exhibition explores the American legal system and civil rights movements through the lens of RBG’s personal experiences and public service. It tells the parallel stories of her remarkable life and her efforts to expand “We the People” to include those long left out of the U.S. Constitution’s promises. October 19, 2018–March 10, 2019 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. skirball.org.

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April 12, 2018 by

A Prayer for RBG’s Long Life —and Our Pursuit of Justice

On February 1, 2018, the pews of the synagogue in Washington, DC were packed. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg —known to some her of her adoring fans at the Notorious RBG — was about to be interviewed at Adas Israel Congregation by the Forward’s editor in chief, Jane Eisner. Rather than introducing the speakers in a traditional way, Kathleen Peratis brought both Eisner and Ginsburg on stage and proceeded to read this prayer. Written by Abigail Pogrebin in response to an invitation from Lilith, it is a paean to the longest-sitting Jewish Supreme Court justice, and an articulation of the hope that she — and her presence on the court — provide. 


At a time as disquieting as this,

When so many of us feel deflated, shaken,

worried for our future,

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

When we almost can’t remember what it’s like to go a day without name-calling, without lies, harshness, or callousness.

When we’re nostalgic for those halcyon years of complete sentences, dignified statesmanship, acts of empathy,

We still look to you, Ruth Bader Ginsburg—yeshiva-girl-turned-legendary-justice, RBG icon, fighter for the powerless and wronged.

May you go from strength to strength because you have been ours.

May you live many more years because you make the world brighter, fairer, kinder….Because we need you.

— ABIGAIL POGREBIN

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