Songs of the Spirit

Friedman, Debbie

Upon hearing the news of the severe illness of singer-songwriter, Debbie Friedman, I tried to remember the first Debbie song I had ever heard.  I couldn’t.  Debbie’s music has always been a part of my Jewish life and her style changed the face of Jewish music, especially in the Reform movement.  There are those that love it, and those that could do without out it, but nobody would deny its impact.  Debbie is widely credited with bringing the folk musical style and the guitar into reform worship.  Her music is simple, yet lovely, and unlike a lot of other “folk” or “rock” style Jewish music, hers lends itself to piano accompaniment just as well as to guitar.

I will be singing a lot of Debbie Friedman music in services tonight.  I will be putting the power of her song into the universe and hoping for the best for her recovery.  The words and melody of Debbie’s Mi Sheberach have guided countless thousands through the throws of illness and pain into recovery.  May we do the same for her as we join throughout the country.

Mi sheberach avoteinu
M’kor habracha l’imoteinu
May the Source of strength who blessed the ones before us
Help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing,
And let us say, Amen.

Mi sheberach imoteinu
M’kor habrachah l’avoteinu
Bless those in need of healing with R’fuah Sh’leimah
The renewal of body, the renewal of spirit
And let us say, Amen.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Cindy on January 7, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Ken y’hi ratzon.

    Reply

  2. Posted by Hilary on January 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Amen!

    Reply

  3. Posted by Libby Tulin on January 10, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Debbie’s death is a huge loss to all. Even in her final hours, she helped thousands of voices come together as one, connecting in prayer and hope, as we sang her Mishaberach to her. Though we lost Debbie, we carried her dream of connecting to each other in prayerful song. She will be greatly missed.

    Reply

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