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Ginsburg: ‘The demand for justice runs through the entirety of Jewish history’

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WASHINGTON (JTA) – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first Jewish woman to serve on the Supreme Court and a tireless advocate for gender equality, has died at 87.

A fierce jurist known for her outsized presence and outspokenness, Ginsburg died from “complications of metastatic pancreas cancer,” the Supreme Court announced Friday night. She had survived multiple bouts of different cancers over the course of two decades, vowing that she was healthy enough to continue her work and at times returning to the bench shortly after hospital stays.

Ginsburg’s death comes on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, six weeks before the presidential election and at a time of intense political polarization.

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Four years ago, the Republican-held Senate refused to consider President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he will attempt to fill any spots that open up on the court while US President Donald Trump is in office. He repeated that pledge on Friday night following news of Ginsburg’s death. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is greeted on stage by members of congress and their staffs during an annual Women’s History Month reception at Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump has already appointed two judges, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, during his presidential tenure.

New York’s Sen. Chuck Schumer, the minority leader, released a statement warning McConnell to wait out the election.

“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court justice,” said Schumer, who is Jewish. “Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”

McConnell used precisely the same words to justify delaying a Supreme Court nomination in 2016 following the death of Antonin Scalia, a conservative justice, much earlier in the election year than Ginsburg’s passing.

Ginsburg reportedly told her granddaughter Clara Spera in her final days: “My most fervent wish........

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