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Leonard Cohen’s Military Mystery Tour

In an environment in which simple narratives prevail, what does it mean to tell Israel’s subtle and complicated stories? Yehuda Kurtzer speaks with Matti Friedman about his new book.

Leonard Cohen performs for Israeli troops in the Sinai during the 1973 Yom Kippur War (Ron Ilan/ IDF archives)
Leonard Cohen performs for Israeli troops in the Sinai during the 1973 Yom Kippur War (Ron Ilan/ IDF archives)

In an environment in which simple narratives prevail, what does it mean to tell Israel’s subtle and complicated stories? Why are these kinds of stories in particular so powerful? Yehuda Kurtzer speaks with Matti Friedman about his new book, “Who By Fire,” about Leonard Cohen’s little-known concert tour to the front lines of the Yom Kippur War, and how the stories we tell define our relationships with one another. Listen here:

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