A Place to Belong: Debbie Friedman Sings Her Way Home

A Place to Belong: Debbie Friedman Sings Her Way Home

A Place to Belong: Debbie Friedman Sings Her Way Home

A Place to Belong: Debbie Friedman Sings Her Way Home


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How Debbie Friedman became one of Judaism’s best-known singer/songwriters. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681156101
Publisher: Behrman House, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/06/2022
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 1,159,955
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

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Debbie waits beside gleaming candlesticks. Bubbie and Zayde hurry downstairs. Aunts, uncles, and cousins arrive just in time.

Hiss goes Bubbie’s match as it touches flickering flame to candles. Debbie snuggles close. They whisper the blessing together.

“Good Shabbos!”

The room overflows with chatter. Hugs. The heavenly smell of Mother’s brisket. Laughter at Debbie’s jokes and comical expressions.

And joy, always, at her sweet singing.

Debbie’s Jewish life in Utica, New York, is full. This is where she belongs.

But Father wants a change. One day he announces, “We’re moving to Minnesota. To a new life!” Debbie clings to Bubbie. She doesn’t want to go.

Saint Paul is lonely. No laughing with aunts, uncles, and cousins. No lighting candles with Bubbie. Debbie wonders, Will I ever belong?


We’ve all had the experience of creating something new and uniquely ours. The spark of an idea may become a painting full of lively colors. A magical story. A dance full of twirls and sways. A towering structure made of Legos. 

“I must do this!” the spark says to you.  

But where does this spark come from? 

Our creativity begins deep inside us. Our ideas grow from a mixture of everything we experience in our lives: the love we give and receive, our memories, the beauty of nature, our everyday activities, and a bit of the unknown. 

Sometimes our creativity can even come from sadness, or a wish for things to change. 

Debbie Friedman’s music came from many places: her joy in being Jewish, the warmth she felt in singing with others, and a loneliness she yearned to fill. She often said her musical talent and creativity were gifts, blessings she was forever grateful to have received and, more importantly, to share. 

When Debbie shared her talents, first with her own community and then with the greater Jewish world, she opened up a sacred space—a place where others felt like they finally belonged and a place Debbie had been searching for too. 

What are your gifts? 

How can you use your creativity to bring joy and meaning into your life and the lives of those around you?  

I invite you to honor this holy part of yourself and share it with others! 


Wishing you sparks, 


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