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Leonard Cohen Led His High School’s ‘Menorah Club’

By On January 2, 2017

(Cohen is standing in the second row, far right) Long before becoming the prince of bummers that we all know and love, Leonard Cohen was a regular, bona fide, all-Canadian high-schooler, an A-student… Read More

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Leonard Cohen’s Vacation in Castro’s Cuba

By On November 29, 2016

November marked the deaths of two very different public figures: Canadian-Jewish singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, and Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. But for two months in 1961, two years after the Castro-led 1959 revolution,… Read More

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This Yiddish Version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” Will Move You to Tears

By On November 11, 2016

Yesterday, an already shaken world learned that our foundations had shifted even more than we knew. Legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen died at age 82. Before the news even came out, a new,… Read More

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When Leonard Cohen Was a Buddhist Monk

By On February 28, 2016

  Wearing aviator sunglasses and a monk’s robe, Leonard Cohen sits, smoking a cigarette, and recites a poem. “I am too old to learn the names of the new killers,” he says,… Read More

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Leonard Cohen + Dad of New Canadian PM = BFF

By On October 29, 2015

Canadian Liberal incumbent Justin Trudeau has more than just politics and snowboarding in his blood: he also has family ties to the melancholy king of cool, Leonard Cohen. His father, Pierre Elliott… Read More

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Leonard Cohen

By On February 28, 2013

Before he recorded “Suzanne” or “Hallelujah” or retreated to a Zen Monastery on Mt. Baldy for 5 years, Leonard Cohen was the subject of Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Leonard Cohen, a 1965 documentary that offers… Read More

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Gay Avek

By On July 30, 2012

Matt Honig, a documentarian from outside Washington, D.C., is making a movie that traces the history of Judaism, political change–and punk rock. Punk is a lifestyle that’s mostly tied to music, and… Read More

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A Tribute to Leonard Cohen

By On June 29, 2012

Leonard Cohen is a modern-day renaissance man–musician, poet, philosopher, mystic. He’s both a practicing Buddhist and an observant Jew. And, as we have previously noted on Jewniverse (read it here), some of his songs are so intricately based on Bible texts,… Read More

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The Precious Age of 13

By On May 30, 2012

The singer James Levy’s deep rumbling voice and thoughtful lyrics strongly remind us of Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen. He and his band, The Blood Red Rose, recently released their first album, Pray to Be Free.… Read More

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The Midrash of Leonard Cohen

By On July 17, 2011

The Canadian singer and poet Leonard Cohen has written some of the past century’s most moving, stirring, and deeply sad songs. And several of those songs retell stories from the Jewish Bible. In his song “Story of… Read More

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The Mongrel Jews

By On December 29, 2010

  The self-described “street folk” band The Mongrel Jews plays old-fashioned folk and bluegrass music. Though they’ve started playing proper concert halls and touring, the trio still plays music on the corners of their… Read More