Resources for a Debbie Friedman Friday Night Service
As Rabbi Jonathan Blake of Westchester Reform Temple notes: "'Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.' (A. Einstein) What else could account for Debbie's death coming in poetic symmetry with the weekly Torah portion, Beshallach, the Song at the Sea, sung the Jewish world over this Shabbat, which is named Shabbat Shirah, the Sabbath of Song?"
This Friday evening as we celebrate Shabbat Shirah in our
congregations, we offer you an annotated worship outline utilizing
melodies that Debbie Friedman z"l created during her brief time here on
earth, and resources for her notated and recorded materials. Through
her prodigious gifts and talents, Debbie taught us to pray. Let us join
together across North America and reaffirm the legacy that she has left
in our hands.
All of the following texts are found in Mishkan T'filah and have setttings (sometimes more than one) composed by Debbie Friedman - except if in bold type. Page numbers are according to the full version of Mishkan T'filah and are also the page numbers found in parenthesis in the Shabbat version.
Nigun (Sung to the melody of Birchot Havdalah), Shireinu, #250/p.65
Let Us Light These Lights(before candle blessings), Shireinu #236/p.215
Dodi Li, Shireinu #33C./p.91
Sing Unto God(As Psalms 96-98), Shireinu, #139/p.319