Lou Reed, the perfect Jew?main
Tributes to Lou Reed in Israeli media lead with a statement of his ancestry. Lou, who has died aged 71, is described in the leftwing daily Haaretz as the perfect counter-Jew, the one who broke all the rules, an iconoclasm that is, of itself, arguably Jewish.
I would not dispute that characterisation, except to aver that Lou’s most famous song, Perfect Day, has echoes of rabbinic and kabbalistic writings about the Sabbath, a theme I hope to pursue in my BBC series next year on music and the Jews. May Lou’s soul rest in the peace of the eternal sabbath.