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Jews claim ownership of Ginsburg's seat, demand jewish nominee

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>Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a true ‘Tzadik,’ battled to the end. Now it’s on us.
Jewish tradition says this is the most auspicious time of year to die.

The idea is this: If God is deciding during the High Holy Days who shall live and who shall die over the next year — inscribing and then sealing us all in the imagined Book of Life and Book of Death — then those who die close to the next High Holy Days are the ones God granted the most time. In this thinking, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was doomed to die during the Jewish year 5780, but nonetheless was allowed to live — and so very fully — almost until the hour 5781 began.

I learned this when my own grandmother died on the morning of Erev Yom Kippur in 1997, and invoked it to comfort my husband when his father died three days before Rosh Hashanah in 2016. Now the world is learning it, for the whole world mourns Ginsburg: I was asked in the hours after her death on Friday evening whether it was permissible for non-Jews to say Kaddish for her.

Ginsburg embodies this concept in a secular context, too. If the universe had determined she would die during President Trump’s tenure, she persisted until practically the end of this tumultuous four-year term. In and out of the hospital, facing grim diagnosis after grim diagnosis, she battled on, not just surviving but always returning to the intense work of the bench — and the gym; she was famous almost as much for her planks and pushups as for her principled dissents.

Just a few weeks ago she officiated at the (outdoor!) wedding of family friends. NPR reported Friday that she had told her granddaughter in her final days that “my most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”