Was Leonard Cohen Jewish?

Leonard Cohen

Well, to make a long story short, Leonard Cohen was Jewish!

Since Leonard Cohen's mother was Jewish, and in Orthodox Judaism and Conservative Judaism, those with a Jewish mother (or those who underwent a halakhic conversion) are considered Jewish, then that makes him Jewish. His father was Jewish too.

Leonard Cohen (whose full birth name was Leonard Norman Cohen) was born on 21 September 1934 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Leonard Cohen passed away on November 7, 2016 (aged 82).

He is known for his poetic lyrics and baritone voice. He has been inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. He received a Grammy Award for lifetime achievement in 2010. He began to compose and release folk-rock and pop songs by the mid-1960s. Some of his most famous compositions include Hallelujah, Bird On A Wire, Everybody Knows, Suzanne, So long Marianne, First We Take Manhattan, Dance Me To The End Of Love and many others.

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