Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Yom Kippur 5777 ~ Leonard Cohen and Who by Fire

I was looking for footage of Leonard Cohen's trip to Israel during the Yom Kippur War of 1973. If it exists, I didn't find it, but I did find this amazing recording of "Sisters of Mercy," from his concert in Tel Aviv in 1972. But of course the reason I'm posting Leonard Cohen on Yom Kippur is because he's just released "You Want it Darker," which is inspired by the Rosh Hashanah / Yom Kippur prayer, "Who by Fire, Who by Water" ...

Who By Fire, Who By Water
According to Jewish tradition, on Rosh Hashanah God surveys all of humanity and writes the fate of each of us in The Book of Life. But that fate isn't final until ten days later on Yom Kippur. Then, depending on whether we've repented or not, our fates are sealed.

On Rosh Hashanah it is inscribed
And on Yom Kippur it is sealed
How many shall die and how many shall be born
Who shall live and who shall die
Who at the measure of days and who before
Who by fire and who by water
Who by the sword and who by wild beasts
Who by hunger and who by thirst
Who by earthquake and who by plague
Who by strangling and who by stoning
Who shall have rest and who shall go wandering
Who will be tranquil and who shall be harassed
Who shall be at ease and who shall be afflicted
Who shall become poor and who shall become rich
Who shall be brought low and who shall be raised high.

May you all be inscribed for a good year.  ~ Brian

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