#LeonardCohen: Five decades later, on Spotify and in synagogue, you can still hear the echo of the Yom Kippur War. What happened in the Sinai desert in October 1973?

The Israeli War That Made Leonard Cohen
Matti Friedman
April 10, 2022

Some of the men on the sand look up at the visitor with his guitar. Others look down at their dirty knees and boots. Cigarettes glow in the dark. The heat has broken and the desert is still for now. They’ve been fighting for fourteen days and no one knows how many days are left, or how many of them will be left when it’s over. There aren’t any generals or heroes here. It’s just a small unit getting smaller. In the wastelands around them, thousands of Egyptians and Israelis are dead. The visitor, dressed in khaki, is Leonard Cohen. READ MORE

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