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Thoughts about Debbie Friedman

Thoughts about Debbie Friedman

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/debbie_friedman_tributes/article/thoughts_about_debbie_friedman_20110110

My first encounter with Debbie was in 1986 at the Simchat Chockmah ritual for becoming an elder she helped create and lead for the feminist Biblical scholar, her friend, Savina Teubal. Two moments in the ritual took my breath away. The first was in the middle of the ceremony, when Savina put on a kittel, the traditional burial shroud. Without words, that robing communicated the powerful truth that everything changes, and that although this new stage of Savina’s life would someday end with her death, she could continue to be a blessing.

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