With the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we have been left saddened and discouraged. But we have been down and out before. Throughout our country's history - and the history of the Jewish people -- we have faced insurmountable odds, but we have kept fighting.
The patriots sought our independence from the mighty British empire lacking adequate weapons, uniforms and supplies. The devastating attack on Pearl Harbor was a blow to our national spirit, but not our commitment to end tyranny.
The fight for civil rights left our citizens bloodied in our streets, broken and bruised. But day after day, they continued to fight for racial equality.
As women, we continue to fight our own battles for voting rights, equal pay, and control over our own bodies.
The early settlers of Israel fought against hard conditions and enemies but they refused to abandon their dream to establish a Jewish homeland.
Today we are once again fighting for our future and that of our country. We stand on the edge of an abyss. Our courts have been overrun by judges whose loyalty lies with the extreme, conservative Federalist society and not the Constitution.
Despite, precedent set by his own party, Donald Trump wants to ram another extreme judge with views outside the judicial mainstream onto the Supreme Court. Undoubtedly this jurist will be beholden to Trump and not the scales of justice. Our hard-won rights will be scarified for political gain.
Justice Ginsburg broke barriers at a time when women were not welcomed at law schools, in major law firms and on the courts. She faced challenges that at times also probably left her feeling discouraged. But she fought on with even greater tenacity, courage and perseverance. That spirit is just as much a part of her legacy as were her dissents and opinions.
We are discouraged. But we cannot afford to give up. Justice Ginsburg never succumbed to the challenges and overwhelming odds against her, and neither can we.
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The Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made history one final time Friday as she became the first woman and Jewish person to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi began the day's events with a formal arrival ceremony in National Statuary Hall, in which eight military pallbearers carried Ginsburg's flag-draped casket up the Capitol steps as lawmakers stood in somber observance.
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