So, a rabbi decided to send Ruth Bader Ginsburg a scrunchie. No, this is not the opening to a joke.

As we know, Ruth Bader Ginsburg loves scrunchies. She wears them all the time. She wears them so often, in fact, we ranked her top 12 scrunchie appearances.

This is why Rabbi Yael Buechler, who founded Midrash Manicures, a company dedicated to “creative religious expression,” recently decided to send RBG a Hanukkah scrunchie. Yes, you read that right: a Hanukkah scrunchie, just for RBG.

Hanukkah Scrunchie

(You can also get the scrunchie here.) 

Rabbi Buechler did not expect a reply from RBG. But she got one. As she wrote to Alma in an e-mail, “In the aftermath of pretty challenging SCOTUS news, this letter was really a beacon of hope.”

In the letter, RBG writes, “My dear Rabbi: Thank you for today’s surprise, a scrunchie I will wear not only at Hanukkah, but year round.” (Is “My dear Rabbi” not the sweetest thing? Are you crying yet?)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

RBG’s dedication to her Jewish identity is well documented — her biographer wrote about how tikkun olam has guided her career — but this is the first time (we know of) she’ll be visually displaying her Jewishness.

So, you heard it here first: year-round Hanukkah scrunchies are officially in.

Emily Burack

Emily Burack is an editorial assistant at Alma.

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