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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Marilyn Monroe Was Filmed by This Chutzpahdik German Jew

By On January 18, 2017

  It’s 1954. A young man and woman, dressed to the nines, she in a white cocktail dress, exit a Manhattan movie theater. They pause to chat. She stands over a subway… Read More

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These Pigeons Flew for a Jewish Palestine

By On January 17, 2017

Long before city-dwellers affectionately called them “sky rats,” homing pigeons could occasionally serve a higher purpose. For one such purpose, look to the operations of Nili, the Jewish espionage network that aided… Read More

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Leonard Cohen Led His High School’s ‘Menorah Club’

By On January 2, 2017

(Cohen is standing in the second row, far right) Long before becoming the prince of bummers that we all know and love, Leonard Cohen was a regular, bona fide, all-Canadian high-schooler, an A-student… Read More

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These Israeli Dogs are the Canines of the Book

By On December 23, 2016

Like most things in the Middle East, Israel’s national dog breed—the Canaan dog—has been around for a very, very long time. Adorably occupying an ecological niche based on waste from humans, these… Read More

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If You Blow-Dry Your Hair, You Have This Jewish Woman to Thank

By On December 22, 2016

If you’ve ever wondered why hood dryers—those domed head prisons so ubiquitous in women’s hairdresser shops throughout much of the ’50s and ’60s—aren’t so common anymore, you can look to Rose Evansky,… Read More

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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