Supreme Court

'He Created A Distinctively American Zionism': Celebrating Louis Brandeis

Remembering the first Jewish Supreme Court justice who took the bench 100 years ago this month.

06/29/2016 - 15:36
Editorial Intern

Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once called Zionism “the most worthwhile cause” he had ever supported.

Louis Brandeis: "To be good Americans, we must be better Jews. To be better Jews, we must become Zionists." Wikimedia Commons

Hatch's Senior Moment

Sen. Oren Hatch wrote in an article in a newspaper in his home state of Utah that he left a meeting with Judge Merrick Garland convinced that nothing happened in the session to change his opposition to President Obama's Supreme Court nominee.

There was just one problem with that conclusion. The 82-year-old senior Senate Republican had not yet even met with the Jewish nominee to the high court. 

After 40 years in the Senate Hatch is starting to remember things that happened tomorrow.   Maybe he's been there too long.

Garland Pick ‘Testament To America’

Obama’s pick, if confirmed, would be fourth Jew on High Court; cites his Jewish roots in accepting nomination.

03/16/2016 - 15:09
Staff Writer

President Barack Obama nominated to the Supreme Court today a Jewish judge, Merrick Garland, who is currently the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. If confirmed, he would be the fourth Jew on the nine-member court.

Judge Merrick Garland speaking after being nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court today in the Rose Garden. JTA

In Pursuit Of Justice

Addressing JTS audience, Supreme Court’s Scalia offers his views on religion and the Constitution.

02/15/2016 - 14:40
Staff Writer

Note: This article was originally published in May 1996.

On a day when he was perhaps the most talked about politically conservative figure in America, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia thoroughly charmed and challenged an audience at the Jewish Theological Seminary with his bold legal views calling for more religion in American society.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Wikimedia Commons

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pens Passionate Farewell To Antonin Scalia

02/15/2016 - 14:36

Washington — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote an impassioned tribute to Justice Antonin Scalia, her longtime ideological opposite and close friend who died over the weekend.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaking at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., March 18, 2015. JTA

Scott Walker Surrounds The Issues

In ancient times, namely the pre-Internet Vietnam War era, Members of Congress routinely had two form letters for responding to constituents writing about the war.  Each version agreed with the letter writer, pro or con.  Eventually they were outed and had to adopt a single position, much to the consternation of politicians who devote endless energy to avoiding the tough decisions that might offend constituents and contributors. 

Jewish Groups March In NYC Gay Pride Parade

Post-Obergefell v. Hodges, marchers express pride in their Jewish and LGBT identities.

06/28/2015 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

Shonna Levin’s bright red shoes offset her black suit, white shirt, and wide-brimmed black hat, an outfit often worn by young men in yeshiva. The sign she held explained the combination: “For the bochur (young religious man) who lives in silence, I march with you.” 

Marchers express pride in their Jewish and LGBT identities. Talia Lakritz/JW

Flaw In U.S. Policy

Even the PLO recognizes Israel’s right to West Jerusalem.

06/16/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Maariv’s headline blared, “Final Judgment: U.S. Citizens May Not Register ‘Jerusalem’ as Place of Birth.” The news portal Walla! headlined its story, “Supreme Court in U.S. Ruled: Someone Born in Jerusalem Cannot Be Registered as Israeli.”

Panorama: part of West Jerusalem. Wikimedia Commons

Don't Misread SCOTUS Jerusalem Decision

Today's U.S. Supreme Court decision in Zivotofsky v. Kerry had little to do with Jerusalem and everything to do with separation of powers.  

At issue was the President's preeminence in foreign policy, not whether the United States considers Jerusalem Israel's capital but who makes that decision, the Congress or the executive.

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