“Breaking up” with Leonard Cohen

     At a recent book talk on From This Broken Hill, cantor Basya Schechter said that years ago she told Leonard Cohen his songs made her feel “like I’m being broken up with.” Music critic Thom Juric called Cohen “the elder statesman of the bedroom.”

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Fires, Floods, Pandemic: Leonard Cohen on How We Got Here

Check out this piece in Religion & and Ethics on Leonard Cohen and the troubles we make for ourselves. We breach the personal and political relationships that make the world work. But there is light if we choose to see it.

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Leonard Cohen’s Political Wisdom on Pandemic, Fire & Flood

Fire, flood, war, and pestilence. The Book of Revelation? No, the news. Poet and soothsayer Leonard Cohen offers some wisdom on how we got here. Check out his performance of “Everybody Knows,”  on breaking the political and personal bonds that hold the world together.
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Artwork by Shiraz A

Leonard Cohen’s Spiritual Advisor, Rabbi Finley

Rabbi Mordecai Finley, spiritual counselor to Leonard Cohen, called From This Broken Hill I Sing to You superb book,” “sophisticated and accessible.” Finley continues, “As someone whose relationship with Old Priest was rooted in theological discussions, it is such a pleasure to see his depth so beautifully and originally articulated.”

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Leonard Cohen’s “Who By Fire” Inspired by the Day of Atonement–this week

Check out this beautiful rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Who By Fire,” inspired by the service for the Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, which is this Thursday, Sept 16, 2021.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgMaBreDuF4.

 

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Leonard Cohen on God–as the Jewish High Holidays Begin

Tonight, the Jewish High Holidays begin. Leonard Cohen wrote this about God: “Not knowing where to go, I go to you. Not knowing where to turn, I turn to you… I travel on a hair to you… I go through a pinhole of light. Blessed are you, who waits in the world.” (Book of Mercy, 1984).
 
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Leonard Cohen book-review!

  Delighted to post Seth Rogovoy’s advance review of “From This Broken Hill I Sing to You.” Rogovoy is a music critic and author of “Bob Dylan: Prophet, Mystic, Poet.” He writes, “Drawing from the entirety of Cohen’s creative output, including his oft-overlooked novels, Marcia Pally takes Cohen seriously as a religious thinker. The listener – or reader, in this case – comes out the winner.” Available on Amazon. #LeonardCohenBrokenHillBook 

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