As I am sure you have all heard by now, Debbie Friedman passed away on January 9th. I am writing this having just finished watching the live stream of her funeral. I watched it along with the congregation that was there in person and 7,150 other people on the web. I cried through a lot of it. Her influence on the Jewish world is almost immeasurable.
At Temple Beth Torah, we will be singing a lot of her music during this period of Shiva and Shloshim and on January 28th, we will mark our Shabbat with a service of her music and a sermon in song about her contribution to the Jewish world.
I will try to record that and make it available through the blog.
Most of all at this time, my heart goes out to her family. Debbie’s passing has touched so many people, that we think that she belongs to us. Her poor family, although I am sure touched by the outpouring of love, must deal with this loss in such a public way. As Debbie herself said, “Heroes are just people that we call another name.” I pray that G-d will be with Debbie’s family and give them strength enough to bare their own sorrow along with the sorrow of all of her fans.
Debbie, thank you for all that you have given to the world. Thank you for your music, your spirit, your patience, your joy. We will never forget you.