#RBG – Sucker Punch #1

September 28, 2020 at 7:24 pm Leave a comment

Dear Friends,

On Friday, September 18th, I was trying to ignore my Covid spiral to reset looking forward to the Jewish New Year of 5781. Then my phone starts pinging and NPR announces her death at the age of 87. All of this is old news – it has taken me this long to gather my thoughts and presence of mind.

May her legacy live on so she can Rest In Peace. It is up to us to vote.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg led a life of service. She made the gender equity conversation and law in America happen. She held a view left of center on SCOTUS decisions. She was a beacon of hope to many. She was 87. She died after a long battle with cancer – and I believed she would make it through the elections – she probably hoped she would to.

Why the sucker punch? RBG was 87 and had cancer. But when you’re living in a pandemic – hope is all you have. RBG was hope. Hope the Supreme Court could be held to a higher standard. That calmer, better, more even minds would prevail. The threat to Roe v. Wade, civil rights, equal education and more would, could, should be upheld.

And then hope died.

I was gutted; I walked around my apartment forgetting what I was trying to do; I couldn’t cry. Like many my first thought was every man, woman and child of color in this country is at risk. Our system of values and laws built and changed during my life time would be reversed. America will never be the same.

Then I thought of Rosh Hashanah eve starting soon and her family. As much as you prepare for the death of a loved one who has been ill – it never makes it easier. And death on the eve of one of the Jewish holiest days of the year (or any holiday) makes it harder.

Then I found this from Becki Sameroff Robinson

According to Jewish tradition, a person who dies on Rosh Hashanah, which began on September 18, is a tzaddik, a person of great righteousness. The root of this word – sadiq means justice – a cause for her entire life.  “Baruch Dayan HaEmet”. According to the midrach (Jewish wisdom), only the most righteous people dies on the eve of Rosh Hashanah. It signifies that they were given the full measure of a year. May her memory be a blessing. May we find comfort in these words. Zichrona Livrocho.

This gave me some peace – I wished on her spirit, her family and our country. With some time and thought, I have recovered from this sucker punch. (Unaware another was coming.)

Yom Kippur is marked today – 10 days later – the day of atonement. So we start the New Year free of our misdeeds – having asked for forgiveness, not from the Goddess, but from those we wronged.

We must vote for the change we want to see in America. It is the best salve for the pain her death has caused. Because her legacy is now in our hands. Our biggest misdeed in 5781/2020 will be forgetting #RBG’s great work.

Entry filed under: Fundraising. Tags: .

A Year Later – September 26 Breonna Taylor – Sucker Punch #2

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Categories


Mid-life Minimalist

Mid-life Minimalist: Journey towards a more meaningful life

Annual Fund Lab

Sparking Ideas; Generating Conversation

HBR.org

Philanthropic Counsel - Coaching - Hands on Fundraising - Board Engagement

SSIR Articles

Philanthropic Counsel - Coaching - Hands on Fundraising - Board Engagement

Mary Lee Walker - Nonprofit Gladiator

Applying sound business principles as nonprofit best practices

National Committee For Responsive Philanthropy

Philanthropic Counsel - Coaching - Hands on Fundraising - Board Engagement

Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Philanthropic Counsel - Coaching - Hands on Fundraising - Board Engagement

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Philanthropic Counsel - Coaching - Hands on Fundraising - Board Engagement

The Fundraising Authority

Philanthropic Counsel - Coaching - Hands on Fundraising - Board Engagement

Seth's Blog

Philanthropic Counsel - Coaching - Hands on Fundraising - Board Engagement

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Philanthropic Counsel - Coaching - Hands on Fundraising - Board Engagement

Wild Woman Fundraising

Philanthropic Counsel - Coaching - Hands on Fundraising - Board Engagement

Future Fundraising Now

Philanthropic Counsel - Coaching - Hands on Fundraising - Board Engagement

The Agitator

Philanthropic Counsel - Coaching - Hands on Fundraising - Board Engagement

Beyond Melbourne

Food Travel Markets Artists

%d bloggers like this: