Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a champion of women’s rights and spent her whole life fighting for what she knew was lacking in the US Judicial System.
She was also a proud Jew and not afraid to let the world know about it.
Rosh Hashanah began the ten day period of repentance. It is interesting Justice Ginsburg passed away shortly before this period was due to begin. Exactly what that means only G-d knows but what we do know is that the US Supreme Court lost someone that will be very difficult to replace.
A movie titled “RBG” was made about Justice Ginsburg.
You can view the movie’s Trailer at the following link-
At the 5 second mark, RBG says – “All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks”.
What is the source of this quote?
Sarah Moore Grimké (November 26, 1792 – December 23, 1873) was an American abolitionist, widely held to be the mother of the women’s suffrage movement. Born and reared in South Carolina to a prominent family, she moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the 1820s with younger sister Angelina. They began to speak on the abolitionist lecture circuit, joining a tradition of women who had been speaking in public on political issues since colonial days. They recounted their knowledge of slavery firsthand, urged abolition, and also became activists for women’s rights.
In 1973 Ruth Bader Ginsburg quoted Sarah Grimké as saying “I ask for no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks,” when she gave her first oral arguments to the Supreme Court in Frontiero v Richardson; she recited this again in the film RBG (2018).
Frontiero v. Richardson, 411 U.S. 677 (1973), was a landmark United States Supreme Court case which decided that benefits given by the United States military to the family of service members cannot be given out differently because of sex.
Sharron Frontiero, a lieutenant in the United States Air Force, applied for housing and medical benefits for her husband, Joseph, whom she claimed as a “dependent.” Servicewomen had to prove that their husbands were dependent on them for more than half their support. Joseph did not qualify and therefore could not get benefits. Sharron sued, and future Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, representing the ACLU as amicus curiae, was permitted by the Court to argue in favor of Frontiero.
Frontiero won her case by an 8 to 1 vote.
Does That Phrase Sound Familiar?
It should, because after George Floyd died in Minneapolis, Al Sharpton said at Floyd’s Minneapolis funeral “Take Your Knee Off Our Necks” which became the rallying cry at the 2020 March On Washington marking the Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream Speech”.
It also marked the beginning of the rioting, looting, chaos and the 2020 edition of the vocal Black Lives Matter movement that has spread throughout the US and beyond.
Sharpton is no stranger to violence or Anti-Semitism as I previously noted in a Blog about his involvement in the Crown Heights riots and well as his reference to Israel as being equivalent to H*ll. But that does not seem to worry MSNBC where he is a talk show host.
So the phrase that Sharpton used did not seem to come from him originally, but from either Sarah Moore Grimke or RBG herself. And both referred to woman’s rights, not related to Black Lives Matter.
RBG And Alan Dershowitz – Justice, Justice Tirdof
Parshat Shoftim was read on Dershowitz’s Bar Mitzvah and the words ”Justice, Justice Thou Shall Pursue” contained therein, hung on the wall of RBG’s office. They both seemed to be fighting against all odds when taking a case but at the end, more times than not they were proven correct.
Dershowitz wrote an opinion piece for the Jerusalem Post published June 8 commenting on Black Lives Matter, verbal and written attacks on Israel (where RBG loved to visit many times) and Anti-Semitism which I am positive Justice Ginsburg would have liked to comment on if she had the time to do so.
RBG has now completed her service here on earth and she was constantly given medical challenges for which she was able to survive. Women everywhere have RBG to thank for all her efforts. But the legacy that she leaves behind will be something that has gained the respect of all Americans. RBG never forgot the fight for woman’s rights that Sarah Moore Grimké accomplished and we will not forget RBG.
To The Family Of Ruth Bader Ginsburg-
May Hashem Comfort You Amongst The Mourners Of Tzion And Yerushalayim