Ruth Bader Ginsburg in state at US Capitol


Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt speaks during a ceremony to honor the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she lies in state at Statuary Hall in the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on September 25.
Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt speaks during a ceremony to honor the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she lies in state at Statuary Hall in the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on September 25. Greg Nash/Pool/AFP/Getty Images

In her tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt spoke about the late justice’s persistent work to bring “real change.”

“Justice did not arrive like a lightning bolt, but rather, through dogged persistence, all the days of her life. Real change, she said, enduring change, happens one step at a time,” the rabbi said.

Rabbi Holtzblatt recounted the many victories in Justice Ginsburg’s life in the face of loss and challenges, including her husband’s illness and her own bouts of cancer.

“Each time, she pressed forward. She returned to work, to the bench, to the court, with focus. Each and every time,” she said. “Pursuing justice took resilience, persistence, a commitment to never stop.”

“As a lawyer, she won equality for women and men — not in one swift victory, but brick by brick, case by case, through meticulous, careful lawyering.”

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