Zachary Solomon

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

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The Jewish Astronomer Behind Vasco da Gama’s Maiden Voyage

By On April 28, 2017

Want a moon crater named after you? Easy: just follow Abraham ben Samuel Zacuto’s lead. Zacuto, born in Salamanca, Spain in 1452, was a Sephardic astronomer, mathematician, rabbi, and historian who dominated… Read More

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Is That Pop Song Korean…or Hasidic?

By On April 25, 2017

Think you could tell the difference between Korean and Hasidic pop music? Since you’d be hard pressed to find two more dissimilar cultures, you might think it’d be easy. But a new… Read More

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Steve Buscemi Plays Richard Gere’s Rabbi In This New Film

By On April 18, 2017

One day, a Jewish American fixer named Norman Oppenheimer and played, oddly enough, by Richard Gere, buys a jaded Israeli politician named Micha Eshel a pair of $1000 shoes after seeing him speak at… Read More

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This German Jewish Scientist Led the Way to Zyklon B

By On March 24, 2017

For a crash course in irony, look no further than the life of Fritz Haber, the Jewish chemist whose scientific research led to the invention of Zyklon B, the cyanide-based pesticide used… Read More

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This Hot Yiddish Play Featured Broadway’s First Lesbian Kiss

By On March 20, 2017

When God of Vengeance first premiered in English on Broadway in 1923, the entire cast was brought to court on charges of indecency for featuring a lesbian kiss—a Broadway first. The prolific… Read More

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What’s So Funny About the Holocaust? This New Film Asks

By On March 14, 2017

The notion that, for millennia, Jews have used humor to cope with persecution and struggle isn’t new—but the idea that certain topics may be off-limits to that humor is. So the question… Read More

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Banksy’s Israeli-Palestinian Pillow Fight in a West Bank Hotel

By On March 7, 2017

For five-star accommodation, excellent turndown service, and a fine-tuned political consciousness, look no further than the latest creation of Banksy, the anonymous satirical British graffiti artist whose new hotel has scenic views… Read More

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100 Senators Received This New Hitler-Themed Card Game

By On March 2, 2017

Max Temkin, co-creator of Cards Against Humanity—the obsessively irreverent card game that involves coming up with the obscenest notions imaginable and guessing which of your horrible friends invented them—made a new game… Read More

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This Tiny Jew of Pennsylvania Led a Star-Studded, Enormous Life

By On February 24, 2017

Moishe Morris “Mace” Bugen was quite a sight. Standing three-and-a-half feet tall, Mace could be spotted driving “Hadassah” — a Jeep custom-fitted with extra-long pedals — around Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley from 1940… Read More

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Nazi Doctor Mengele’s Bones Are Now Used By Forensics Students

By On February 22, 2017

Since its discovery in 1985, the skeleton of Josef Mengele, the notoriously sadistic Nazi doctor and torturer, lay unclaimed in a blue plastic bag in São Paulo’s Legal Medical Institute—that is, until… Read More

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This Jewish Physicist Regretted His Work Toward the Bomb

By On February 16, 2017

What is it about Jews and bombs? Jewish physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer may have invented the atomic bomb, but the technology wouldn’t have existed without Leo Szilard. Leo Szilard, a Jewish physicist… Read More

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A Heart-Rending Play About Greek Jews in the Holocaust

By On February 7, 2017

Golgotha, the name of the hill outside of Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified, is a Ladino word for suffering. It is also the name of a powerful play recently staged in New York City, on… Read More