Monday, January 10, 2011

Tragic & sad: The wounded & deceased

First, there was the attempted assassination of a Member of the United States Congress, Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords, which left Rep. Giffords in critical condition, along with 13 others wounded and U.S. District Judge John Roll and a nine-year-old girl among the six dead. Much of the commentary has stressed the principle that Americans choose leaders with ballots, not bullets.

Then, on Sunday night, I heard news of the all-too-early death of Jewish singer/songwriter Debbie Friedman, remembered by Techelet here.

That's too much bad news. :(


Blogger AC said...

Yeah, I felt about the same way. I wrote about Debbie when I learned she was in the hospital; haven't updated yet, haven't really had time to process.

It's a strange experience; I'd met her once or twice, but would hardly say I knew her. And yet this feels so different than when some celebrity dies. I think it's because I really saw her as one of my teachers, even if from a distance.

Mon Jan 10, 04:45:00 PM 2011  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

I think I saw her at our former synagogue some years ago. (I vaguely recollect that she sang a song or two when the then-new rabbi was officially "installed.") I'm sorry that I never had an opportunity to see her in a full performance.

Tue Jan 11, 01:01:00 PM 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for linking to my post. Debbie's passing is something that just begs for a response, at least that's how I feel about it. Music is important to me, and she did a lot for us. She will be missed, but her music will live on.

Thu Jan 13, 01:25:00 PM 2011  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

There's that consolation, at least.

Thu Jan 13, 04:00:00 PM 2011  

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