Who is this for?

If you enjoy reading about history, culture and ideas, mainly Jewish but not always, if have a critical mind and like to think about things differently, then my articles are for you. If you prefer debate to dogma, questions to answers, challenges to certainty, then you are in the right place.

Who is Harry Freedman?

I am a London based author who writes best selling, popular books about Jewish people, texts and ideas. My books include The Talmud: A Biography, a history of Kabbalah, and Leonard Cohen: The Mystical Roots of Genius; a journey into the religious imagination of the most learned and spiritual songwriter of our age.

My latest book Britain’s Jews looks at what it is like to be Jewish in 21st century Britain. My next book, Shylock’s Ghetto, the story of the ghetto in Venice, will be published in early 2024.


You can read about all my books on my personal website www.harryfreedmanbooks.com or on that of my publisher Bloomsbury.

What do Reviewers Say?

Brims with insight. Washington Post
Leaves you feeling wiser about Leonard Cohen, and Judaism, and life. Tablet 
Eminently readable. Jerusalem Post
Hits all the highlights. Freedman writes with evocative brio. Wall Street Journal
This is the kind of erudite, witty, empathetic and sceptical book which gladdens. Scotsman

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Harry Freedman

Harry Freedman is Britain’s leading author of popular works of Jewish culture and history. My publications include The Talmud: A Biography, Kabbalah: Secrecy, Scandal and the Soul and Leonard Cohen: The Mystical Roots of Genius.