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September 1, 2015 | 17th Elul 5775

Susan Turitz Cooper, Temple Emanu-El, Richardson, TX

The Mishaberach was not in the classic Reform service in my memory.

Yet we all need a channel in which to pray for those dear ones in our lives who are ill. I give Debbie Friedman much credit for re-introducing the Mishaberach into Reform liturgy.

Her version of Oseh Shalom is my favorite. Years ago, when the UAHC convention was here in Dallas, my husband and I were volunteers for the convention and had the privilege of attending and volunteering for the immense and memorable Shabbat morning service. There must have been four or five thousand people there.

During the service, we sang Debbie's version of Oseh Shalom, and thousands of voices were raised in song. I was thrilled and moved beyond words.

Now when we sing it at the Temple, I close my eyes and imagine myself among thousands of Jews, all singing Oseh Shalom at the UAHC convention.

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