Leonard Cohen published one last song before his death on 7 November 2016. Called "You Want it Darker," it is a remarkable farewell to life. The song's title and refrain is a statement addressed to God. How does Cohen respond? Throughout he sings again and again, "Hineni, Hineni," - "Here am I, Here am I."
Sitting in a hotel room in New York City yesterday morning, 17 November 2016, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks found himself thinking about Cohen's haunting lyrics that struggle with the realities of evil and death - and yet submits to God instead of reviling him.
On the even of Shabbat, here, then, are Rabbi Sacks provocative thoughts about Cohen and the message of his final song. Is there a message in this struggle for today's world?
From the Jerusalem Journal, in such a time as this, Shabbat Shalom.
To hear Cohen's performance of his song, "You Want it Darker," click here.