This was my first introduction to Debbie Friedman. I was about five years old and enthralled with this 60’s-sounding group of high school kids singing Jewish folk songs. The recording is raw, unpolished, and wonderful. Dated, to be sure. But still some of Debbie’s best work.
Today’s press release, sharing news of her critical health condition, names her Mi Shebeirach as the piece for which she is best known. Without question, Debbie’s composition, which holds deep meaning for a tremendous number of people around the world, introduced the topic of healing into the Reform Jewish community’s dialogue.
And so we include, among all those we name in our hearts, our teacher, D’vorah bat Freydl.
Bless those in need of healing with r’fuah sh’leima (a complete healing)…
And let us say amein.