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Who By Fire: Leonard Cohen in the Sinai

Who By Fire book cover and headshot of author Matti Friedman

Who By Fire: Leonard Cohen in the Sinai
with author, Matti Friedman

Sunday, March 19, 2023
11:00 am ET, Zoom Webinar live from Israel

Author and journalist Matti Friedman tells the little-known story of Leonard Cohen’s concert tour to the front lines of the Yom Kippur War. The book includes never-before-seen selections from an unfinished manuscript by Cohen and rare photographs.

Matti Friedman biography
Matti Friedman is an award-winning journalist and author. His work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Tablet, Smithsonian, and elsewhere.

Matti’s last book, Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel, won the 2019 Natan Prize and the Canadian Jewish Book Award. Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story of a Forgotten War was chosen in 2016 as a New York Times Notable Book and one of Amazon’s 10 best books of the year. His first book, The Aleppo Codex, won the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize and the ALA’s Sophie Brody Medal. 

A former Associated Press correspondent, Matti’s work as a reporter has taken him from Israel to Lebanon, Morocco, Moscow, the Caucasus, and Washington, DC. Two critical essays he wrote about media coverage of Israel after the 2014 Gaza war, for Tablet and The Atlantic, triggered intense discussion and have been shared on Facebook more than 130,000 times.

This program is made possible by the Stern Family Lecture on Israel Studies at Gratz College, in partnership with the Laurie Wagman Initiative in Jewish Studies at Drexel University.

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