Debbie Friedman 1951-2011

All of us have soundtracks in our lives, and for the Reform Jewish community in the US, liturgical composer Debbie Friedman wrote theirs. She died from complications of pneumonia earlier this month at age 59. soylent2oz:

One of the central Jewish prayers for those who are ill or recovering from illness or accidents is the Mi Sheberakh, whose name is taken from its first two Hebrew words. With a holistic view of humankind, it prays for physical cure as well as spiritual healing, asking for blessing, compassion, restoration, and strength, within the community of others facing illness as well as all Jews, all human beings.

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Have courage for the great sorrows, And patience for the small ones. And when you have laboriously accomplished your tasks, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.
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2 Responses to Debbie Friedman 1951-2011

  1. Tony says:

    It’s interesting you’ve picked up on this. I’m a big fan of Debbie Friedman (z”l) and was very saddened to learn of her untimely death. There is great beauty and spirituality in her music. Her influence did actually extend beyond Reform circles – in particular her setting of the Havdallah brachot is very widely used – for example I was at an Orthodox event this last shabbat where it was sung.

  2. Bene D says:

    I would like to see the documentary A Journey of Spirit sometime. I listened to what music is available online yesterday – she had depth and pure delivery that is resonating with me as what I listened to carries into today.

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