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Jews You Should Know

Sep 5, 2022


Matti Friedman went to Israel "for a year" at age 17, and never left. His subsequent writing in the three decades since has been breathtaking in its prose and penetrating in its analysis of Jewish and Israeli life. With a penchant for unearthing the unsung story - those "marginal" tales with broad implications - he has authored four books and dozens of long-form articles in The Atlantic, Tablet and many other prestigious forums.

Matti's latest work, Who By Fire, chronicles the iconic musician Leonard Cohen and his relationship to the country during the dire period of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Learn all about Matti's writing at



Jews You Should Know introduces the broader community to interesting and inspiring Jewish men and women making a difference in our world. Some are already famous, some not yet so. But each is a Jew You Should Know.

The host, Rabbi Ari Koretzky, is Executive Director of MEOR Maryland (, a premier Jewish outreach and educational organization. MEOR operates nationally on twenty campuses and in Manhattan; visit the national website at

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A special thank you to Jacob Rupp of the Lift Your Legacy podcast for his invaluable production assistance.