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Musician Reschedules UK Tour Due to Jewish Holidays

Musician Leonard Cohen has rescheduled two dates on his UK tour after realizing they fell out on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
By Rina Tzvi
First Publish: 7/2/2013, 9:19 PM

concert (illustrative)
concert (illustrative)
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Musician Leonard Cohen has rescheduled two dates on his UK tour after realizing they fell out on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

The 78-year-old singer is currently on tour and is set to perform in the United Kingdom starting next month.

After he realized that his performances would fall on the Jewish holy days, however, he asked the promoter of his concerts, AEG, to change the dates.

When Cohen “learned that two of his UK concerts were scheduled on days of solemn religious observance, he respectfully asked AEG to move the dates”, said the release.

“We at AEG, and Leonard, apologize deeply for the inconvenience this will cause,” it continued.

He will now perform on September 7th and15th.

Religion has been a theme throughout his career, and a number of his songs reference Jewish religious themes.

The New York Times has described Cohen as an observant Jew who keeps Shabbat even while on tour.