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Thursday, 6 January 2011

Sing Unto God by Debbie Friedman

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.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. alyson kassorla permalink
    Thursday, 6 January 2011 10:35 pm


  2. Friday, 7 January 2011 6:27 am

    amen selah.

    though, i have to say, i think her havdallah melody may be equally well known, but less attributed to/promoted by her.

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Sunday, 9 January 2011 2:44 pm

      Possibly because there is some question about actual attribution.

  3. songbird permalink
    Friday, 7 January 2011 8:48 pm


    Six years ago I went through a very rough time — surgery, radiation, chemo — all just before my daughter’s bat mitzvah. Debbie Friedman’s music helped me through that horrid time imn my life. I wish her all the best.

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Wednesday, 12 January 2011 10:21 am

      Debbie’s music most definitely reached into the deep recesses of our souls and gave us strength during dark times.

      Her memory will remain for a blessing.

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