Much speculation has been circulating on the timing of US Chief Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death on/close to the Eve of the Jewish New Year.
Dying just before the Shabbat gives away that someone was saintly. Just before a Jewish holiday too. Added value if that Holiday is the first day of Rosh Hashannah when all the purely righteous people are judged for life.
This is all nice and sweet but totally unnecessary (and fruitless) speculation. Not only because we really don’t know. There is much proof that she was a saintly person without ever knowing her time of demise.
The whole of the US knew her and many outside America and no one said a bad word about her ever. The rabbis say that G^d honors those that humans honor. (Sometimes humans are fooled but He is not, but this is the general rule.) So, here you have it. Everyone speaks highly of her. Many are inspired by her. And deeply impressed. But there is more.
She gave Judaism and Jews a good name. G^d can’t be more pleased than with Jew (or Gentile) who does that. Jews are His first-line representatives. You give a good name to Jews, you spread a good name to their B^ss.
There is more. We know that people who are murdered for being Jewish go straight to Heaven, no questions asked. It’s called dying sanctifying G^d’s Name. But you know what’s holier than that? Living sanctifying G^d’s Name. Dying, no matter how holy, is in a second. Living is a much lengthier more challenging job. The (attempted) sacrifice of Isaac is called Abraham’s challenge. Because Isaac was ready to die on G^d’s command. But for Abraham to actualize that and live with his deed takes a life-time.
RBG died who she was, a saint for everyone to see. Not a miraculous supernatural being. For supernaturals, it’s easy to be larger than life. No, she was as everyone else a real human, and look what she accomplished.
The Sages mention in Sayings of the Fathers: “Rabbi Shimon said, there are three crowns, the crown of Torah, the crown of priesthood, and the crown of kingship. But the crown of a good name is superior to them all.”
Thank You G^d for allowing us to see an incorruptible, wise, kind, truthful pillar of virtue living in our times when falsehood, fakeness, and cynicism seem more widespread than ever. Just like Noach was righteous despite all the corruption around him. Thank You–and her–for the inspiration.