“And who by fire//who by water//who in the sunshine//who in the nighttime…”

These Leonard Cohen lyrics are drawn in part from a Hebrew prayer called the U’netaneh Tokef, which is a central part of the liturgy of the Jewish High Holidays — Rosh Hashanah (the New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) — currently being observed by Jews around the world. Cohen’s sly lyrics add a modern twist on the original prayer, which includes such “Life of Brian” versions of death as stoning, plague, sword, beast, and strangling.