The death of the first Jewish woman on the U.S. Supreme Court interrupted Rosh Hashanah services on Friday evening.
“On Friday, Jewish people around the country celebrating Rosh Hashanah were stunned to learn that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a prominent member of their own tribe, had died,” the HuffPost reported. “People received alerts, Zoom messages and announcements from their rabbis about Ginsburg Friday night.”
While many people were saddened by the passing of the iconic jurist, Twitter user Leora Horwitz noted a silver lining.
There is a Jewish tradition that the most righteous die on the eve of Rosh Hashanah (the very end of the year) – that is, in their year to pass, they were given as much of it as possible. #RIPRuthBaderGinsburg; her memory will be a blessing for generations.
— Leora Horwitz (@leorahorwitzmd) September 19, 2020
It was also noted by Ginsburg friend Nina Totenberg.
A Jewish teaching says those who die just before the Jewish new year are the ones God has held back until the last moment bc they were needed most & were the most righteous. And so it was that #RBG died as the sun was setting last night marking the beginning of RoshHashanah
— Nina Totenberg (@NinaTotenberg) September 19, 2020