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Re: Great Jewish Rock Stars

Anthony Joaquin Souza wrote:
         P.S. Althongh Leonard Cohen is not an observant Jew he has a
> number of songs that may be classified as "Jewish ."  i.e. The Story of
> Isaac, The Partisan, The Butcher, If it be Your Will, Hallelujah, and
> perhaps The Lost Canadian, which is a distant relative to the anti-Semetic
> lore of the Wandering Jew. He applies much poetic license to his work,
> but retains threads of Jewish history in his songs.  I've heard that
> Cohen's paternal grandfather was the chief Rabbi of Montreal.

Notwithstanding his current status as a Zen monk. Cohen remains a
practicing Jew. He once went so far as to complain in a letter to the
L.A. Times that his parents would spin in their graves if he was ever
thought to be in any way not a proud Jew. He still davens, belongs to a
synagogue and pays dues, and speaks proudly of his scholarly and
rabbinic family antecedents. He considers the form of Zen he practices a
spititual discipline that -- because it is non-deistic -- in no way
conflicts with his Judaism. For more information, see the interview with
Leonard published in the Jewish Book News and available on Carter Pages
Leonard Cohen Website.
Martin Grossman
The Grossman Group
171 South Remington Road
Bexley, OH 43209

Phone  (614) 338-0471
Fax      (614) 338-0472
E-mail   tgg (at) bronze(dot)coil(dot)com

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