Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen, My Father And Me (Personal Essay)

11/21/2016 - 14:09

(JTA) - Using his M-16 assault rifle as a pillow, my father awoke abruptly from a dreamless sleep by the pleading voice of a young woman outside his tent in the Sinai.

The woman, a uniformed volunteer, was urging reservists like him to forego shuteye to hear a musician whose name she did not know, but who had come from far away to perform for Israeli troops on the southern front of Israel’s traumatic 1973 war with Egypt and Syria.

Leonard Cohen, center, performing with Matti Caspi, on guitar, for Ariel Sharon & IDF soldiers in the Sinai in 1973. JTA

Leonard Cohen Buried In Montreal Before Announcement Of His Death

11/14/2016 - 13:32

(JTA) — Singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen was buried in Montreal in the family plot hours before his death was made public.

Leonard Cohen performing at a concert in Ramat Gan, Israel, Sept. 24, 2009. (Marko/Flash90)

A Prayer For Leonard Cohen

The ‘Hallelujah’ and ‘Who by Fire’ singer-songwriter, who died this week, had a prophet’s touch.

11/11/2016 - 11:02
Special To The Jewish Week

I’ve got this rig that runs on memories.”              

— From Leonard Cohen “I Can’t Forget”

Leonard Cohen, whose songs inspired a nation, passed away at the age of 82. Getty Images

Leonard Cohen, Whose Songs Inspired Generations, Has Passed Away At 82

11/10/2016 - 22:43

(JTA) — Leonard Cohen, the Canadian singer songwriter whose Jewish-infused work became a soundtrack for melancholy, has died. He was 82.

Leonard Cohen performing at the Auditorium Stravinski during the 47th Montreux Jazz Festival on July 5, 2013. Getty Images

Leonard Cohen’s New ‘Birthday’ Song Is Very Jewish — And Very Dark

09/22/2016 - 12:29

Leonard Cohen released a new song on Wednesday, which happens to be his 82nd birthday — but it isn’t quite a celebratory tune.

Leonard Cohen in concert at London’s O2 Arena, Sept. 15, 2013. (Brian Rasic/Getty Images)

God’s Gatekeepers: Signs Of Progress?

08/26/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Everybody knows the war is over

Everybody knows the good guys lost

Everybody knows the fight was fixed

The poor stay poor, the rich get rich

That’s how it goes

Everybody knows

-- Leonard Cohen, “Everybody Knows”

A bitter irony of Israel’s recent election of two new chief rabbis is that the only group that really cared about it lost – again.

Dating Means Often Having to Say You're Sorry

There's nothing like the Days of Awe to stir up the love memories.

Which is another way of saying, the love mishaps.

So is it my fault that as soon as Rosh Hashannah let out, I found myself emailing two gentlemen from my immediate past who, according to my watch, both owed me some serious apologies?

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