Matti Friedman has been reporting from Israel since 1997, and has written from Lebanon, Morocco, Cairo, Moscow, Washington, D.C., and the former Soviet republic of Georgia. He grew up in Toronto and lives in Jerusalem.

The Aleppo Codex, his first book, was published in 2012 by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. 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. Editions have been published or are pending in Israel, Australia, Holland, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Russia, and South Korea.

Two essays he wrote for Tablet Magazine and The Atlantic about press coverage of Israel in 2014 sparked intense debate, were covered by NPR, CNN, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and dozens of other publications, and have been shared on Facebook more than 100,000 times.

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