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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This Artist’s Chewing Gum Genitalia Was an Homage to the Holocaust

By On June 8, 2017

Vulvas fashioned out of chewing gum, ceramic vaginas, her own naked body – such were the materials of the first feminist artist to use vaginal imagery in her work—who happened to be… Read More

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A Jewish Cult Poet and His Famous Anti-Semitic Friend

By On May 17, 2017

If you’re familiar with Ezra Pound, the king of modernist poetry, then you’re probably aware of his notorious anti-Semitism. What you might not know is that a Jewish Marxist poet with a… Read More

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This Viennese Writer Ran from Nazis to the Brazilian Jungle

By On May 15, 2017

The Viennese Jewish writer Stefan Zweig wrote about what you might expect a friend of Freud, Herzl, and Richard Strauss to write about: psychoanalysis, Judaism, rage, guilt, and sex. Zweig, who was born… Read More

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The Forgotten Yemenite Jewish Exile of 1679

By On May 11, 2017

There were about 55,000 Jews living in Yemen in 1948. Today, there are 50. Though the most notorious calamity in Yemenite Jewish history were the riots following the declaration of the state of… Read More

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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