MONTREAL (JTA) – Just inside the gate of the Congregation Shaar Hashomayim cemetery off Mount Royal Boulevard, a gravestone bears an unusual Star of David, the sharp angles of its two opposing triangles – one reaching heavenward, the other aimed at the earth – softened into the shape of hearts. A dozen red roses scattered on the ground are signs of recent visitors, and an overflowing mound of stones on top, in keeping with the Jewish custom, is evidence of many more.
The footstone is engraved in Hebrew with the name of the deceased, Eliezer the son of Nissan HaKohen. And beneath that, the name by which he is known to the world: Leonard Cohen. [Read more…]