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Editor's Note: This piece was originally published on January 13, 2011, immedately following the death of beloved Jewish musician Debbie Friedman, z"l.
When I was growing up, Jewish music was the sole purview of men. I had never seen a woman sing on the bimah (pulpit) - but then I made history.
On the sixth yahrzeit of Debbie Friedman’s passing, I want to pay tribute to my amazing friend and colleague, and a gifted spiritual leader.
Four hundred people are joined together, eyes shining, faces bright, voices raised in a glorious chorus.
The first I ever heard of Debbie Friedman was to see her name printed on the inside covers of my synagogue’s prayer books, naming her the
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Abraham Joshua Heschel, in his writings just after the 1967 Day War asked “What part did the State of Israel play in the day-to-day life of the Jews outside the land until recent events?” It was an
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