Heritage Florida Jewish News - Central Florida's Independent Jewish Voice

A new documentary gives 'Hallelujah' back to Leonard Cohen, and to Judaism

 

Graeme Mitchell/Sony Pictures Classics

"Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song".

(JTA) - Leonard Cohen wrote around 150 verses to "Hallelujah," or so the scholars claim. 

The beloved Canadian folk singer, who fused Jewish mysticism with pop mythology for a global audience, wrote several hit songs over his 50-year career, including many, such as "Who By Fire" and "You Want It Darker," that are unmistakably Jewish in content. But none of them were as successful, or as pored-over, as "Hallelujah," which has been covered around 300 times and played at weddings, funerals, church services and every possible occasion in between. 

With its allusions to King David and Samson a...



For access to this article please sign in or subscribe.

 

Reader Comments(0)

 
 

Powered by ROAR Online Publication Software from Lions Light Corporation
© Copyright 2022

Rendered 12/05/2022 11:51