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Saturday, September 19, 2020

In Memory of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg died last evening (which also happened to be the first night of Rosh Hashanah) and the significance of her dying at this particular time was discussed in a blurb stating, "On Rosh Hashanah it is inscribed, and on Yom Kippur it is sealed — how many shall pass away and how many shall be born, who shall live and who shall die, who in good time, and who by an untimely death, who by water and who by fire, who by sword and who by wild beast, who by famine and who by thirst, who by earthquake and who by plague, who by strangulation and who by lapidation, who shall have rest and who wander, who shall be at peace and who pursued, who shall be serene and who tormented, who shall become impoverished and who wealthy, who shall be debased, and who exalted."  [This blurb was posted on FB by Reverend Barnes.]

As for RBG's role in a 2016 opera (featured in the You Tube video above), the dearly departed Justice said, “When I was in grade school, the class was separated into robins who sang out, and sparrows who mouthed the words. So, I was a sparrow. But The Duchess of Krakenthorp was much fun for me, because I wrote most of my own lines, and I explained—no surprise—the most valorous members of the House of Krakenthorp are women!” 

And, like Justice RBG, I was in grade school, I had a music teacher (Mrs. Creath) who made kids mouth their words if she felt their voices weren't good enough to be heard at "concerts" for the P.T.A. 

I was not silenced by her but I was put down by other teachers, so I empathized with a boy named Kenny when she told him to just mouth the words "due to his bad singing voice," that I mouthed the words also. 

Thankfully "our" dearly departed RGB did not let being silenced in grade school let her stay silenced throughout her life.