Zachary Solomon

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


The Jewish Superstition That Let Polish Boys Spit At Each Other

By On December 15, 2016

In ancient times, superstition, like sorcery or witchcraft, reeked of paganism, and as such it was a big no-no for the Jews. But since Jews are human, we couldn’t let this funky customs… Read More


Jean-Paul Sartre & Simone de Beauvoir Loved the Jews

By On December 7, 2016

Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir weren’t just the reigning power couple of existentialist philosophers—they were also dedicated activists, railing against the Vietnam War, abuses in the Soviet Union, and, perhaps surprisingly,… Read More


This Floating Nazi Barrack Was (Accidentally) Bombed at Sea

By On November 30, 2016

When you think of tragedy at sea, the names Titanic and St. Louis probably come to mind. But don’t forget the German luxury liner S.S. Cap Arcona. Built in 1926, the Cap… Read More


Plant a Mini Noam Chomsky on Your Lawn!

By On November 17, 2016

This week, in an interview that’s gone viral, controversial Jewish linguist and historian Noam Chomsky calls the Republican Party “the most dangerous organization in world history” for “racing to the [climate] cliff.”… Read More


Destroyed By Isis, This Ancient Syrian Synagogue Had Jaw-Dropping Murals

By On October 3, 2016

In 1932, the nearly intact ruins of a synagogue were excavated in Dura-Europos, a former garrison and trading center on the Euphrates river in eastern Syria. The shul’s construction was traced back… Read More


This Austrian Jew Played ‘Fiddler’s’ Tevye 2000 Times

By On September 23, 2016

A couple months ago, the world lost a truly singular talent: a man of exceptional range and kindness, a real gutte neshuma (a good soul). That man was 91-year-old Theodore Bikel: actor, singer,… Read More


These American Holocaust Rescuers Are Remembered in Ken Burns’s New Film

By On September 19, 2016

Documentarian Ken Burns, known for award-winning films like Jazz and Baseball (and bad haircuts), now turns his sights on an untold chapter of Holocaust history: the extraordinary story of Americans Waitstill and… Read More


Eric Clapton Wrote a Soundtrack to Auschwitz

By On September 6, 2016

The world was a little perplexed when, a few years ago, legendary guitarist Eric Clapton played a show in Oswiecim, home of Auschwitz. Now the bluesman is back again—this time in the… Read More


Brother Theodore Survived Dachau Then Made Dark, Wonderful Comedy About Despair

By On September 1, 2016

If you were knew of Brother Theodore, you know him for his monologues. Lit starkly, dark eyes aglint, the German-born Jewish comedian ranted about death and dismay—in the funniest way possible.… Read More

No Longer A Footnote in Her Father's Story, Nadja Spiegelman Publishes a Memoir of Her Own

Nadja Spiegelman Descended From Three Generations of Tough, Remarkable Women

By On August 22, 2016

“I have always known what it means to be a character in someone else’s story,” writes Nadja Spiegelman, daughter of New Yorker art director Francoise Mouly and legendary Maus graphic novelist Art… Read More


Jewish Haitian-American TV Host Eric André is Taking Comedy By Storm

By On August 18, 2016

There’s a very good chance that Eric André is not for you. The Jewish Haitian-American comedian excels at a brand of absurdist, surrealist humor that marries the delicious discomfort of Larry David… Read More

Was Famous Psychoanalyst Carl Jung an Anti-Semite?

Was Famous Psychoanalyst Carl Jung an Anti-Semite?

By On August 15, 2016

Let’s get one thing straight: The seminal Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung was not an anti-Semite–no, sorry, Carl Jung was definitely an anti-Semite. Or—wait. Which is it? Let’s look at the facts. One… Read More

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