Two Jewish women: R’fuah Shleymah and Zichronah Livrachah

I didn’t see President Obama tonight but apparently he did VERY well.  (C-SPAN is replaying the whole thing beginning at 10pm, and it’s starting with “Fanfare for the Common Man.”  Goosebumps.  Another really, really good funeral, I’ll bet.)  (It’s available on-line too, at  And Congresswoman Giffords has opened her eyes.

You know that the song her Reform congregation sang for her at her healing service was, of course, Debbie Friedman’s Mi Shebeirach.  Two strong and courageous Jewish women, linked together on a single day of history, each of whom tried to use her talents to make the world a better place than she found it.  One, apparently, taking some small steps toward recovery (r’fuah shleymah, complete healing).  The other, in death, inspiring us with memories so that she and we can continue to be a blessing in the world (zichronah livrachah).

And the healing and connecting power of music flowing through it all.