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U.S. singer Leonard Cohen during a concert in Ramat Gan September 24, 2009.

Singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen (September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016) passed away this week at age 82. His death was announced on Thursday.

It’s not well-known, but Cohen kept Shabbat, even while on tour, as he told the NYTimes in a 2009 interview.


There are both open and hidden Jewish themes embedded throughout his music. He described his songs as “muffled prayers”.

Cohen visited and played in Israel a number of times, including for IDF troops during the Yom Kippur War.

Leonard Cohen gives the Priestly Blessing in Tel Aviv:

Leonard Cohen sings Hallelujah in Tel Aviv:


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