“Leonard Cohen’s Mystical Midrash”
In a multimedia presentation, author and music critic Seth Rogovoy explores how Leonard Cohen’s life and music can best be appreciated as rooted in the Jewish prophetic tradition. From his upbringing at the epicenter of the Montreal Jewish community through his final album, “You Want It Darker,” which featured Hebrew lyrics and Jewish cantorial and choral backup, Cohen’s songs drew deeply from the well of Torah for themes, symbols, and inspiration. Seth Rogovoy is an author, award-winning critic, cultural journalist, and Artistic Director of the Yidstock Festival at the National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. He is the author of “Bob Dylan: Prophet Mystic Poet” and “The Essential Klezmer: A Music Lover’s Guide to Jewish Roots and Soul Music,” and a contributing editor at The Forward. Rogovoy won the 2016 Simon Rockower Award from the American Jewish Press Association for his essay “Leonard Cohen’s Mystical Midrash,” which appeared inHadassah Magazine.