New Jerusalem Glowing: Songs and Poems of Leonard Cohen in a Kabbalistic Key

Elliot R. Wolfson

The poet perceives the difficulty stemming not from forgetting Jerusalem, but in failing to remember Babylon. If the cleft of forgetfulness is forgotten, there can be no memory, and no truth can be uttered, no blessing bestowed. Only when one reaches the limit of oblivion can one begin to remember, and rivers dark shall flood into oceans bright.
   “There is a crack in everything.
   That’s how the light gets in.”

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Joan of Arc

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The Night Comes On

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