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Matti Friedman is a world-renowned journalist. His work as a reporter has taken him from Lebanon to Morocco, Cairo, Moscow, and Washington, D.C., and to conflicts in Israel and the Caucasus. He has been a correspondent for the Associated Press, where he specialized in religion and archaeology in Israel and the Palestinian territories, as well as for the Jerusalem Report and the Times of Israel.

Two essays he wrote about media coverage of Israel after the 2014 Gaza war, for Tablet Magazine and The Atlantic, triggered intense discussion and have been shared together more than 100,000 times on Facebook.

The Aleppo Codex, his first book, was published in May 2012. It won the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish literature, was selected as one of Booklist’s top ten religion books of the year, was awarded the American Library Association’s Sophie Brody Medal and the Canadian Jewish Book Award for history, and was a finalist in the Religion Newswriters Association’s award for best book of the year.

His second book, about Israeli infantrymen holding an isolated outpost in Lebanon, is due out from Algonquin Books next year.

He grew up in Toronto and lives in Jerusalem.

Matti Friedman

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