Jewish Justices Brandeis and Frankfurter as Stamps

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By Maxine Springer

A new series of postage stamps celebrating four U.S. justices includes Louis Brandeis and Felix Frankfurter, two of seven Jewish justices in the history of the High Court.

Brandeis, a Zionist who once said, “To be good Americans, we must be better Jews, and to be better Jews, we must become Zionists,” was known as the “people’s justice” for his defense of civil liberties. He served on the Court from 1916-1939. Read more about Brandeis in Moment’s review of Louis D. Brandeis: A Life.

Frankfurter, the first naturalized American be to appointed to the Supreme Court, served from 1939-1962. Before joining the Court, he was an adviser to FDR and a friend of Brandeis.

Read more about Jewish justices in Moment’s cover story about religion and the Supreme Court, where scholars discuss whether the religious beliefs of justices influence their legal opinions.


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