Zachary Solomon

Zachary C. Solomon is a Brooklyn-based writer and adjunct lecturer. You can find him at


Meet the 1970s Jewish Artist Whose Medium Was the Bagel

By On January 8, 2018

“Lowly Bagel Transformed by an Artist,” reads the 1974 New York Times headline. Around these parts, we don’t tend to think of bagels as lowly to begin with—but what a young woman… Read More


Three Great Ways to Excommunicate A Misbehaving Jew

By On January 2, 2018

We know what happens to a misbehaving Jew after life: either it’s the World to Come—or it’s Gehenna, the other place. But punitive measures for misbehaving Jews on Earth? The Talmud offers… Read More


Barbra Streisand Asked Bob Dylan to Make a Record Together

By On December 5, 2017

Jewish fantasies everywhere came true last year when a handwritten card from Barbra Streisand to Bob Dylan was uncovered in the Dylan Archive, a trove of 6,000 pieces of his paraphernalia. The… Read More


How Jacob Cohen Became Rodney Dangerfield and Got Himself Some Respect

By On November 27, 2017

Rodney Dangerfield got no respect. When he was born, the doctor told his mother, “I did all I could, but he pulled through anyway.” Just listen to the guy: When he was… Read More


A Portuguese-Spanish Jewish Thanksgiving Service Going Back to 1789

By On November 21, 2017

When George Washington announced the first national Thanksgiving in 1789, he called for all Americans to gather in their houses of worship, and to thank God for Independence. A group of Jewish… Read More


The 1916 Knish War of the Lower East Side

By On November 14, 2017

Extra! Extra! Read all about it: Rival restauranteurs battle over knishes! The 1910s were a bustling time for the Lower East Side shtetl-metropolis, where roughly 2 million Ashkenazi Jews were crammed more… Read More


One of the First Films About the Holocaust Remains a French Sensation

By On November 10, 2017

Around the tenth anniversary of the liberation of France, a French government agency decided to produce a documentary about Nazi concentration camps. A promising young man named Alain Resnais, who would later become… Read More


The Italian Jewish Programmers Making Auschwitz a Virtual Reality ‘Experience’

By On November 3, 2017

Perhaps not as exciting as the latest installment in the Super Mario franchise, the Italian studio 101% is working on something really big: a virtual-reality game. Featuring Auschwitz. Witness: Auschwitz, currently under development… Read More


Purify Your Life With 17th-Century German Jewish Magic!

By On October 31, 2017

If you like your self-help books to feature Medieval Jewish magic, The Book of Abramelin is for you. Thought to have been written by the German Jewish Talmudist Rabbi Yaakov Moelin around… Read More


How Portugal’s Jews Saved Themselves With a Sausage

By On October 27, 2017

The Alheira is a beautiful thing. A type of Portuguese sausage known for garlic and breadcrumbs, the meat link is so beloved in Portugal that it was voted one of the nation’s… Read More


Clarice Lispector, Brazil’s Beloved Writer, Was Born in a Russian Shtetl

By On October 25, 2017

The modernist Brazilian novelist Clarice Lispector is widely hailed as one of the greatest Latin American writers of the 20th century. What you wouldn’t guess from that fact is that she was born… Read More


Why This Charming Anne Frank Halloween Costume is No Longer For Sale

By On October 19, 2017

In a blow to enthusiasts of off-color role play,, a Minnesota-based company, pulled an Anne Frank-themed costume from their site last Sunday, when the item went viral due, perhaps, to some… Read More

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