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Matti Friedman

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    Journalist and Author

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    Matti Friedman is an award-winning journalist and author. Born in Toronto and based in Jerusalem, he’s currently a contributor to the New York Times Op-Ed Section. 

    Friedman’s last book, Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel, won the 2019 Natan Prize and the Canadian Jewish Book Award for history. Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story of a Forgotten War was chosen in 2016 as a NY Times’ Notable Book and one of Amazon’s 10 best books of the year. His first book, The Aleppo Codex, won the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize and the ALA’s Sophie Brody Medal.  

    His most recent essay, “Israel’s Russian Wave, Thirty Years Later,” appeared in Mosaic Magazine.