Fixing the Broken Hallelujah with Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin


“Hallelujah, Hallelujah. Hallelujah, Hallelujah”

How many times have you heard the song? In movies, on TV shows, in countless renditions? A modern hymn, the song plays in your head over and over again as you softly sing to yourself. How often have you listened to the words and thought about their meaning?

Written by the incomparable poet, songwriter and singer Leonard Cohen, “Hallelujah” has been performed by more than 200 artists including Cohen himself, KD Lang, Rufus Wainwright, Bob Dylan, Justin Timberlake, Jeff Buckley, John Cale, Bon Jovi.

The beauty, power, and meanings of this iconic song are the centerpiece of “Fixing the Broken Hallelujah with Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin”, an inspirational evening hosted by Congregation Habonim on October 27, 2018 at 7:00PM. Reserve your place here.

Leading the exploration in meaning and significance is Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin. Rabbi Salkin has addressed audiences around the globe. He is the author of several books including Being God’s Partner: How to Find the Hidden Link Between Spirituality and Your Work, and Putting God on Your Guest List. Rabbi Salkin’s blog won the 2015 Religion Communicators Council (RCC) Wilbur Award for Faith-based Blogs. His essays have appeared in numerous periodicals, including The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

Hallelujah is the Hebrew word for glory to God. Leonard Cohen’s soulful score and some of the lyrics lend themselves to various interpretations. Cohen penned up to 80 verses of his famous song before whittling it down to the final four and often performed different verses in concert. Cohen said, “This world is full of conflicts and full of things that cannot be reconciled but there are moments when we can … reconcile and embrace the whole mess, and that’s what I mean by Hallelujah.”

On October 27, 2018 at 7:00PM, Congregation Habonim opens its doors to all: fans of Leonard Cohen, fans of “Hallelujah” in all its renditions, lovers of music, poetry and meaning, readers of Rabbi Salkin’s blog and books, people seeking “the light that shines through the cracks.” To join us, please reserve your place here or by calling 212-787-5347. Congregation Habonim is located at 103 West End Ave, corner of 64th Street.

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