They called her a tzaddik(a). They memorialized her and recited the Mourner’s Kaddish on the steps of the Supreme Court. And at the Capitol, after all the pomp, solemnity and distancing, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the first woman ever to lie in state. But, for myself, all of those flag-covered ceremonies, salutes and accolades from around the world were overshadowed by a single word spoken by her granddaughter, Clara Spera: bubbie. Because, at that very moment, it dawned on me just how much RBG and my own bubbie had in common.

To start off with, they shared a surname…


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