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by DBCohen
Thu Dec 07, 2006 10:12 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Book of Mercy #1-5
Replies: 157
Views: 75513

Lizzy, Sorry to hear your life is so complicated now, but it's good to know you are following what we do even if you can't participate. Meanwhile, I found the following text from Death of a Lady’s Man , which seems relevant to our recent discussion of psalm I.2: Roshi Again I saw Roshi early this mo...
by DBCohen
Thu Dec 07, 2006 5:44 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong
Replies: 63
Views: 27823

Re: One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong

Sorry for taking a step back to an earlier posting: In the jewish tradition the golden rule had it's origin when a rabbi named Hillel was asked by a non-jew to teach him the sum total of the Torah (The Law) while standing on one leg. Hillel replied "What is hateful to you do not do to your neighbour...
by DBCohen
Thu Dec 07, 2006 3:42 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Book of Mercy #1-5
Replies: 157
Views: 75513

But still. the thread attracks good readership, with over 800 views in its first week alone. Well, I don’t know about that. My impression is that whenever any of us reenters the thread, it is counted as a visit. The 5 or 6 regular participants must have entered dozens of times each already, so the ...
by DBCohen
Wed Dec 06, 2006 10:53 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Book of Mercy #1-5
Replies: 157
Views: 75513

You’re right, Jack, it is somewhat disappointing that so far participants in this thread had been exclusively male. Why is that? Maybe we are just too boring? As for the Percival story, it does seem a wee bit apocryphal, although I did find a place where those words could fit in, had they used such ...
by DBCohen
Wed Dec 06, 2006 6:54 am
Forum: News
Topic: I'm Your Man DVD review
Replies: 33
Views: 13504

Well, I’ve bought it, and I’ve watched it, and I didn’t like most of it, but I wouldn’t do without it, naturally. I agree with Laurie and others, and think there was here an unnecessary attempt to make an “artsy” film, rather than keep it straightforward. The red spots and other visual and acoustic ...
by DBCohen
Tue Dec 05, 2006 4:49 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Book of Mercy #1-5
Replies: 157
Views: 75513

Simon, Again, this is very beautiful and to the point. I knew there must be some Zen story behind this psalm. Although I live in Japan, and was interested in Zen at some point, I don’t have much experience with it and therefore am very grateful for your input. However, reading it all only in light o...
by DBCohen
Tue Dec 05, 2006 2:38 am
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Legacy for Leonard
Replies: 117
Views: 27008

Dear James,

I've enjoyed reading your contributions and I'll be sorry to see you leaving. If you must, I hope you are not going to be alone, but will have someone to lean on.

Take care,

D.B. Cohen
by DBCohen
Mon Dec 04, 2006 2:08 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Book of Mercy #1-5
Replies: 157
Views: 75513

I.2 “When I left the king I began to rehearse what I would say to the world: long rehearsals full of revisions, imaginary applause, humiliations, edicts of revenge. I grew swollen as I conspired with my ambition, I struggled, I expanded, and when the term was up, I gave birth to an ape. After some ...
by DBCohen
Mon Dec 04, 2006 4:56 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Book of Mercy #1-5
Replies: 157
Views: 75513

Lazariuk, You certainly deserve an answer to your long defense of Queen Vashti, although it is somewhat out of context here. It seems that she did the right thing when not appearing in the king’s banquet, because she was following custom, while the drunken king was acting against it. This is the opi...
by DBCohen
Mon Dec 04, 2006 4:41 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Book of Mercy #1-5
Replies: 157
Views: 75513

Simon, I think your interpretation is very clever, and you’ve written it quite beautifully. As we’ve often said, since we are dealing with poetry, there can be several valid interpretations to the same text. I hoped for such varied interpretations when I introduced the idea of this thread. I believe...
by DBCohen
Mon Dec 04, 2006 2:20 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Book of Mercy #1-5
Replies: 157
Views: 75513

Steven, Yes, “discussion” it is, rather than a “debate”, and perhaps at some points I’ve played the devil’s advocate, and simplified complicated points, and that lead to some rewarding responses by you and others, but as I said before, I would really like to return to Book of Mercy , and continue th...
by DBCohen
Sun Dec 03, 2006 10:22 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Book of Mercy #1-5
Replies: 157
Views: 75513

Well, Steven, although I believe that what you say is mostly correct, I still tend to view the things a little differently. I can’t think of many instances when articles of faith were the bone of contention in Judaism, or when a person was called upon to defend or refute such articles. Of course, li...
by DBCohen
Sun Dec 03, 2006 4:43 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Book of Mercy #1-5
Replies: 157
Views: 75513

Re: Section 1

"Forgive my cutting in, but you might want to reconsider this statement in light of Maimonides' 13 Articles of Faith and the sustainability, fervency and resonance of "Ani Maamin." Indeed, these things exist, but the point is that they are not binding . Maimonides’ 13 articles became quite popular ...
by DBCohen
Sat Dec 02, 2006 4:14 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Book of Mercy #1-5
Replies: 157
Views: 75513

I wish to clarify a point about my interpretation. I’m not trying to say that LC wrote a theological composition based on his study of Talmudic or Kabbalistic sources, in which he is certainly not an expert. He wrote a poetical book of prayers, a book emerging out of his very personal experiences. H...
by DBCohen
Sat Dec 02, 2006 3:59 am
Forum: Other Writers and Writing
Topic: favourite poems
Replies: 7
Views: 2563

Yes, johnny, it is an impossible question, but here is one for today, and a constant favorite, although, not being of the same persuasion as the poet, I would have substituted “she” for “he” (but I wouldn’t wish to have this experience anyhow). Still, a great love poem, with which you’re all familia...

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