I’ve been thinking about this a lot, and I rather like the name [name_m]Cohen[/name_m], as an honor name for [name_m]Leonard[/name_m] [name_m]Cohen[/name_m]. His song Hallelujah has made such an impact on my life. I remember listening to that song in my dorm room during my first semester at college, horribly depressed, and taking so much comfort in the cold and broken hallelujahs. The more that I think about it, the more it seems perfect for me, and perfect as a brother for [name_m]Shepherd[/name_m].
Except, of course, that I’m not Jewish. I’ve asked all of the Jewish people in my life, and none of them found it offensive. But that doesn’t mean it’s usable. Upon doing some research, I’ve found that the traditional Hebrew spelling of the word is actually [name_m]Kohen[/name_m], Kohien, or Kohenim? Does that make this better?
I feel so conflicted about this. So, Berries, set me straight. I would never, ever want to offend anyone with my baby name choice, nor appropriate the culture and significance of Judaism. Could [name_m]Cohen[/name_m] be usable in a [name_m]Leonard[/name_m] [name_m]Cohen[/name_m] context? Or should I scrap it?