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April
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April 4

Matti Friedman
in conversation with Abigail Pogrebin

A psalmist for the modern age and a prophet of the human heart, Leonard Cohen long danced along the tightrope between the sacred and profane in songs laced with memories of Jewish sorrow and ancient prayers. But in 1973, trapped at a creative dead end, he took that music into the heat of modern Jewish sorrow and prayer, to the bloody battlefields of the Yom Kippur War during Israel’s darkest days. His guitar in hand, Eliezer ben Natan haCohen traveled across the front lines in the Sinai desert to lift the morale of soldiers battling to save the Jewish people – and emerged with one of the best albums of his career.

Upon the release of his deeply researched, moving account of those weeks in in Who by Fire: Leonard Cohen in the Sinai, journalist Matti Friedman joins us to talk about Cohen’s extraordinary journey and the mark it left both on those who heard him perform and on Cohen himself.

Matti Friedman will screen rare photographs from Cohen’s Sinai trip and will be in conversation with journalist Abigail Pogrebin.

Monday, April 4 | 
6:00 pm Eastern
Free (with option to buy book for $25)
Free (with option to buy book for $25)

In-Person & Virtual Event

 

Matti Friedman in conversation with Abigail Pogrebin 5 - - LeonardCohen

Matti Friedman in conversation with Abigail Pogrebin 7 - - LeonardCohen

If Covid-19 restrictions prevent large gatherings, this program will become virtual-only. All in-person tickets will automatically transfer. A link to the virtual program will be emailed to buyers the day prior. If a book is included in your ticket purchase, it will be mailed to the address you provide.

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Monday, April 4 | 
6:00 pm
Free (with option to buy book for $25)
Free (with option to buy book for $25)

A psalmist for the modern age and a prophet of the human heart, Leonard Cohen long danced along the tightrope between the sacred and profane in songs laced with memories of Jewish sorrow and ancient prayers. But in 1973, trapped at a creative dead end, he took that music into the heat of modern Jewish sorrow and prayer, to the bloody battlefields of the Yom Kippur War during Israel’s darkest days. His guitar in hand, Eliezer ben Natan haCohen traveled across the front lines in the Sinai desert to lift the morale of soldiers battling to save the Jewish people – and emerged with one of the best albums of his career.

Upon the release of his deeply researched, moving account of those weeks in in Who by Fire: Leonard Cohen in the Sinai, journalist Matti Friedman joins us to talk about Cohen’s extraordinary journey and the mark it left both on those who heard him perform and on Cohen himself.

Matti Friedman will screen rare photographs from Cohen’s Sinai trip and will be in conversation with journalist Abigail Pogrebin.

In-Person & Virtual Event

 

Matti Friedman in conversation with Abigail Pogrebin 5 - - LeonardCohen

Matti Friedman in conversation with Abigail Pogrebin 7 - - LeonardCohen

If Covid-19 restrictions prevent large gatherings, this program will become virtual-only. All in-person tickets will automatically transfer. A link to the virtual program will be emailed to buyers the day prior. If a book is included in your ticket purchase, it will be mailed to the address you provide.

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