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