Ruth Bader Ginsburg Continues Making History As First Woman To Lie In State In U.S. Capitol
Ruth Bader Ginsburg continues to make history after becoming the first woman, first Jewish American, and second Supreme Court justice to ever lie in state in the U.S. Capitol building. The first woman to lie in honor at the Capitol was Rosa Parks after her death in 2005, but as a private citizen, she could not lie in state. Only 34 individuals, including Ginsburg, have ever been lain in state at the Capitol.
“It is with profound sorrow and deep sympathy to the Ginsburg family that I have the high honor to welcome Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to lie in state in the Capitol of the United States,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said at the Capitol this morning. Both she and Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt spoke at the short, socially distanced service.
The service was recorded and live-streamed on C-Span, and many Twitter users watched and mourned her passing from home. The majority of comments were focused on the fact she is the first woman to lie in state, and both honored her and criticized the government for it. Given the nature of Ginsburg’s notoriety, many also took the opportunity to make political commentary.
Astoundingly, after centuries, RBG will indeed be first woman to lie in state in U.S. Capitol.
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) September 22, 2020
Women are the majority of our population, yet we’ve never had a woman president and Ruth Bader Ginsburg is only the first woman to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol.
The very words “Make America Great Again” insult women and others who were never included in that “great” country.
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) September 25, 2020
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the first woman, and the first Jewish person, to lie in state in the Capitol. May her memory be a blessing and an inspiration to us all. https://t.co/7cIVi3TtI9
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) September 25, 2020
Ginsburg’s Jewish identity also became a focal point of discussion because of Jewish burial tradition. Her identity was honored by Rabbi Holtzblatt and several virtual prayer services held in her name (such as Kveller’s Facebook Live Kaddish), but traditionally Jewish burial ceremonies are private, and the dead are interred within 24 hours after death. Nonetheless, many Jewish people celebrated the honor which she received.
The news was on in the other room and I thought I heard Hebrew singing. I wandered in to see Justice Ginsburg’s televised memorial. I’m extremely unused to hearing hearing Jewish prayers and sentiments on TV, and it’s surprising how moving that was.
— Elizabeth Picciuto 🍎🍯 (@epicciuto) September 23, 2020
#RuthBaderGinsburg the first Jewish person to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda. She died at the start of the Jewish New Year. According to Jewish tradition, a person who dies on Rosh Hashanah, is a tzaddik, a person of great righteousness.
May her memory be a blessing. pic.twitter.com/PhvXm2wFyt
— Barbara Malmet (@B52Malmet) September 25, 2020
what? Ginsberg's body will lie in state at the Supreme Court this week & then at the Capital! A religious Jewish person is buried within 24 hours! Have the Dems no shame?
— Michael Savage (@ASavageNation) September 21, 2020
Ginsburg will be buried Tuesday, Following Yom Kippur, at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia in a private ceremony.
Watch the full ceremony via live-stream below.