Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has a message for Hillary Clinton and President Donald Trump: Justice and justice run through the entirety of Jewish history, she told NJ 101.5.
“There’s never been a time when the demand for justice runs through the entirety of Jewish history,” Ginsburg said. “There are things that have been done around the world, there are things that are taken for granted — we should use this as a time to take deep breaths, because there is a crying need to raise these voices, to use these voices to complain, to complain loudly, to show our concerns and to do what we can as legislators, as citizens, as allies, to raise the issues.”
“History is up for grabs,” she added. “The call for justice runs through the entirety of Jewish history.”
Ginsburg is currently on a Women’s History Month visit to the Jersey City home of her partner, Marty Kaplan, which is a part of the Jewish Home for Women in Jersey City, which was founded in 1927 by William Connolly.Klein blasting Trump tariffs
The ninth-term justice spoke Friday to the crowd that gathered at the event to celebrate the anniversary of “Eternal Youth,” the global campaign for immigrants, refugees and community members from Latin America, Africa and Asia, under the umbrella of Jewish Home.
Ginsburg began by recounting her upbringing. “My father always made sure we had food for dinner and left us enough to go eat, so that we could eat on our own, keep the rest,” she said.
When Ginsburg was in seventh grade, the family moved to Venezuela, where her father worked as a teacher for children with special needs. “I’m going to leave aside the fact that my whole family still lives in Venezuela, and that would not have been possible if it hadn’t been for the Good Lord at his finest, setting us up for success,” she said.
“In terms of my personal life and the content of my character, this is a time of tragedy and exile,” she added. “And I can say that despite my past and present, I believe one day I will be able to sit before the greatest judges, and sit at the highest court of the land, where a conscience is on the ballot, where a justice is considered worthy to be said to reside.”
Ginsburg spoke of the many varied people and situations in the world, like the rough childhood many Jews faced, but which provides a greater opportunity to follow their dreams. “Because justice often leads to peace and not to war and not to loss of life. And a love for our family, a love for children and a love for ourselves and our people, that we can share that love,” she said.
“In our own human affairs, we are a common source of hope,” she concluded. “We are a common source of justice, but we are also a common source of racial injustice, of spiritual injustice, of economic injustice, and of race relations.”
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