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Zachary Solomon

Zachary Solomon
Zachary Solomon is a Brooklyn-based writer and current Fiction MFA candidate at Brooklyn College. You can find him at zacharycsolomon.wordpress.com and on Twitter at @z_solomon.

The Lithuanian Jew Whose Initials Grace Lincoln’s Arm

February 3, 2016
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If you look very carefully at a penny, you’ll notice something you’ve probably never seen before: initials pressed into the dark underline of Lincoln’s bicep. Those initials stand for Victor David Brenner—the Jewish-American engraver, medalist, and designer of the Lincoln cent. Brenner, born in Lithuania in 1871 and immigrated to…

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The Soviet Jewish Writer Whose Masterpiece Was Banned for 200 Years

February 3, 2016
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The Soviet Jewish Writer Whose Novel Was Banned for 200 Years

In 1959, Soviet Jewish writer Vasily Grossman finished his magnum opus, the novel Life and…

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How Israel’s National Library Got a Hold of Sir Isaac Newton’s Papers

January 27, 2016
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How Israel’s National Library Got a Hold of Sir Isaac Newton’s Papers

After Sir Isaac Newton died in 1727, his papers were given to the University of…

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“Camp Kill Jews” and Other Sleepy European Towns to Avoid

January 25, 2016
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"Death to Jews" and Other Sleepy European Towns to Avoid

Planning a trip? There are a few places…

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Micanopy, Florida: The Moroccan Jewish Utopia That Might Have Been

January 21, 2016
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Micanopy, Florida: The Moroccan Jewish Utopia That Might Have Been

19th century America was a bit of a…

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Meet the Feminist Torah Scribe Behind Tefillin Barbie

January 11, 2016
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This Barbie Wears Tefillin and is a Torah Scribe

As one would expect, the rules for who…

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Eva Hesse, The Extraordinary Sculptor Who Escaped the Nazis then Died at 34

January 11, 2016
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Eva Hesse, The Extraordinary Sculptor Who Died at 34

Minimalist art is characterized by a kind of…

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Writing the Strange Land of the Gay Jewish South

January 8, 2016
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thejewniverse.com/2015/writing-the-strange-land-of-the-gay-jewish-south

One of the most classic setups in fiction…

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Israel’s Great Persian Deer Heist of 1978

January 6, 2016
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Israel's Persian Deer Heist of 1978

In the valleys of the Galilee, along the…

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This 260-Year-Old Church Ladder Shows Just How Much Jews and Christians Have in Common

December 24, 2015
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The 260-Year-Old Church Ladder That Shows Just How Much Jews and Christians Have in Common

If you’re feeling lonely on this most Christian…

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Habakkuk: The Prophet You’ve Never Heard Of

December 22, 2015
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Habakkuk: The Prophet You've Never Heard Of

Big ideas can certainly come in small packages.…

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Another Astonishingly Talented Jewish Painter Who Was Killed by the Third Reich

December 13, 2015
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Another Astonishingly Talented Jewish Painter Who Was Killed by the Third Reich

April 1917, Berlin: one of the last century’s…

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