ToI@10 event

Tickets here! J’lem, May 24: Matti Friedman on Leonard Cohen’s Yom Kippur War tour

Join us for the first evening in our ToI@10 series: Author Matti Friedman in conversation with ToI’s David Horovitz at Jerusalem’s First Station — plus a Leonard Cohen cover band!

To mark The Times of Israel’s 10-year anniversary, we are hosting a special series of live, in-person events this year under the banner ToI@10.

We’re excited to invite you to our kickoff event at Jerusalem’s First Station on May 24 at 7:30 p.m.: Who By Fire — Leonard Cohen and the Yom Kippur War. The evening features author Matti Friedman in conversation with ToI’s David Horovitz, discussing Friedman’s fascinating new book on the singer’s extraordinary tour for IDF troops in 1973.

The conversation will be accompanied by a live band playing classic Leonard Cohen tunes.

SPACE IS LIMITED so order soon:


Leonard Cohen, center, performs with Israeli singer Matti Caspi, on guitar, for Israeli troops in the Sinai in 1973. Ariel Sharon is to the left of Cohen, with arms crossed (Yakovi Doron)

Working from rare source material — including a never-before-seen unfinished Cohen manuscript — author Friedman describes how the poet and singer traveled from his home on the Greek island of Hydra to the chaos and bloodshed of the Sinai desert after Egypt attacked Israel on the Jewish high holiday of Yom Kippur in October 1973.

Author Matti Friedman and his newest book, ‘Who By Fire.’ (Portrait: Sebastian Scheiner)

Those who survived never forgot the experience and the war transformed Cohen.

If you’re in Israel, we’d be thrilled if you can join us for this special kickoff ToI@10 event on Tuesday, May 24 at 7:30 pm at the Jerusalem First Station’s Cabana Bar. If you’re a ToI Community member, you are entitled to half-priced tickets (limit two per event).

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We hope to see you there!

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