Behold a Real Mensch: RBG and Character Day

It is one thing to hold a value and another to live that value. What is involved in the process of moving from thought to belief to action?

One thing we can do is to seek out people  who exemplify our highest values. In beholding a value manifest in another human being we learn how we might emulate them.

Such was the case last night when Adina and I had the pleasure of seeing Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Ruth Joan Bader Ginsburg. I had the honor of saying the blessing for seeing a wise scholar. The Bracha is:

Bracha is Baruch Atta Melch HaOlam SheNatan MeChachmato LeBasar VeDam

ברוך אתה ה’ אלקינו מלך העולם שנתן מחמחתו לבשר ודם 

Blessed are you King to the World Who emparts from God’s wisdom to flesh and blood. 

Anyway, this Bracha is made rarely because it should only be made for a wise scholar. Surely RBG is a model of wisdom, justice , grace, and grit. 

I have been thinking about this especially since today is Character Day which is brought to us by Tiffany Shlain. She and I worked on a special poster for this year. 

Here is the link where they can see the poster

The Nororius RBG inspires me to realize my potential of bringing justice to this world.  

  • For more resources on Character Day look here 
  • And more resources on accessible Jewish wisdom look here

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