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  • We need a Supreme Court decision defending religious liberty. The Cakeshop case wasn’t it.

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Supreme Court’s much-anticipated decision in the case of the Colorado baker who was penalized because he refused, on religious grounds, to create a cake for a same-gender wedding ceremony must have disappointed both sides. The baker won, but the majority’s reasoning leaves him unsure whether he may reject a similar request tomorrow….

  • When Jewish justices got the Supreme Court to shut down on Yom Kippur

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Since 1995, the U.S. Supreme Court has not held public sessions on Yom Kippur. Since the court opens its term on the first Monday in October, it is not unusual for the Jewish Day of Atonement to arrive just as the court begins its public work. How the Supreme Court came to…

  • The Supreme Court’s Jewish gentile: My memories of Justice Scalia

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – “When there was no Jewish justice on the Supreme Court,” Antonin “Nino” Scalia told me, “I considered myself the Jewish justice.” After Abe Fortas resigned in May 1969, there would be no Jewish justice on the court for nearly a quarter of a century, until President Bill Clinton named Ruth Bader Ginsburg…