A special events series celebrating The Times of Israel’s first decade

The Times of Israel was founded ten years ago with a mission of providing fast, fair and free independent reporting on the latest developments in Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish world. Today, ToI is trusted as the largest, most credible and most influential English news source in Israel.

In recognition of this milestone anniversary, we will be celebrating ToI’s accomplishments and looking ahead to an even more exciting future with an original series of programming in 2022 under the banner of ToI@10.

May 24 – Who By Fire: Leonard Cohen and the Yom Kippur War

Matti Friedman — in conversation with ToI’s David Horovitz — discusses his new book on the singer-priest’s extraordinary tour for IDF troops in 1973

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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 (Yaakovi Doron)

Please join us at Jerusalem’s First Station on May 24, 2022 to kick off our ToI@10 series with an evening dedicated to Leonard Cohen’s little-known concert tour to the front lines of the Yom Kippur War.

Author Matti Friedman will be interviewed by The Times of Israel editor David Horovitz in an exploration of Friedman’s new book, “Who By Fire.”

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

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

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 when Egypt attacked Israel on the Jewish high holiday of Yom Kippur in October 1973.

Matti Friedman (Sebastian Scheiner)

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

We’d like to thank our ToI@10 Sponsors, American Friends of Meir Panim and Beauchamp Estates, for helping make this and future ToI@10 events possible:

Come hear more on Tuesday, May 24 at 19:30 at Jerusalem’s First Station Cabana Bar.

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