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Ruth’s Song

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25.09.2020

In early 2016, I heard my colleague Cantor Sheera Ben-David sing a song. The song was about an unexpected, yet real fact regarding the life of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, z”l. “As If I Weren’t There,” with lyrics written by Abigail Pogrebin, tells the story of Ruth as a young girl mourning the passing of her mother in a time when women were not allowed to be counted for minyan. The refrain sings:

“Count me in the minyan,

Yes I know the law, ten men ten men,

Please don’t explain this to me again,

She’s been my closest friend since I was born,

And, daddy I just need to mourn,

Please, let me stand next to you,

Let me say the prayer.”

When I heard this song, I knew I wanted to sing it during Yizkor of Yom Kippur that year. I had........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)


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