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Who By Fire: War, Atonement, and the Resurrection of Leonard Cohen

Hosted By: Vilna Shul

Award-Winning Journalist Matti Friedman On Leonard Cohen’s Concert Tour During The Yom Kippur War

In October 1973, the poet and singer Leonard Cohen 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 Who by Fire, journalist Matti Friedman gives us a riveting account of those weeks in the Sinai, drawing on Cohen’s previously unpublished writing and original reporting to create a kaleidoscopic depiction of a harrowing, formative moment for both a young country at war and a singer at a crossroads.

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Vilna Shul

The Vilna Shul is dedicated to preserving history by restoring our building and embracing the collective memories of the past, while simultaneously establishing ourselves as a significant community and cultural resource in Boston. By fostering awareness and inspiring historical, cultural and spiritual connections, we build community, perpetuate an enduring Jewish identity and create a vibrant future.
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