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Community hosts candlelight vigil for Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Tippecanoe County joins the nation in mourning the loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Posted: Sep 21, 2020 1:01 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) -- Tippecanoe County joins the nation in mourning the loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. On Sunday, nearly a hundred community members honored her legacy with a candlelight vigil.

"It's a punch in the gut, it hurts to lose someone like this," said Rabbi Michael Harvey, speaker at the candlelight vigil.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg served as a United States Supreme Court Justice since 1993. On Friday, Sept.18 she died from complications caused by cancer.

"I felt inclined to give people the opportunity to mourn with me and with each other," said Claire Tchoula, organizer of the candlelight vigil.

While those in attendance may not have known Ginsburg personally, they still felt Ginsburg's impact.

"Learning about her strength on television and her resolve consistently and tangibly was really inspiring as a female who makes a lot of those same decisions," said Tchoula.

Ginsburg was born of Jewish heritage. Her death falling just before a Jewish holiday hits even harder for their community.

"Ruth Bader Ginsburg died right around sunset of what is the Jewish New Year Rosh Hashanah," said Harvey.

Rabbi Harvey said her death is both devastating and highly symbolic.

"According to Jewish tradition, if you die on the sunset of Rosh Hashanah, it means that you are highly, highly, highly righteous, you are what we call 'Tzadik' someone who is a righteous person," said Harvey.

The event started at the Sonya Margerum Fountain in West Lafayette then members walked over the John T. Myers pedestrian bridge to the Tippecanoe County Courthouse.

"People really want to express honor for her and her legacy and hope that with demonstrations like this that there is hope for the future," said Tchoula.

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