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Gentile Words, Jewish Meanings

What Yiddish did to German and other languages…. Wex is giving a lecture at the University of Adelaide! Click here for full details. Using a number of fairly common Yiddish words and idioms, this Special Lecture will examine some of the cultural and linguistic mechanisms employed by German and East-European Jews to transform the German encountered […]

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NYC Diamond District Yiddish Slang

Ben Schott’s piece The Secret Slang of the Diamond District is published in the New York Times today with a little help from Wex. The street has its own vocabulary, honed over generations and still used today. The prevalence of Yiddish reflects the historical influence of Jewish craftsmen and dealers. But the diamond business is international, and […]

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You say knaidel, I say kneydl….

From Mrs. Wex: When Arvind Mahankali won the Scripps National Spelling Bee by correctly spelling the word “knaidel”, the celebration I had anticipated never materialized. I envisaged universal excitement at the fact that a Yiddish word was partly responsible for earning a kid $30,000. Instead my Facebook feed was filled with angry Yiddishists arguing about […]

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Shtetl Interview

Last week Wex was interviewed by Tamara Kramer for the Shtetl on the Shortwave show in Montreal about why the Joseph Opatoshu novel “In the Forests of Poland” is worth translating and preserving for future generations to enjoy. To listen to the fifteen minute interview please press the “play” button on the player below: To […]

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Indiegogo campaign starts next week

We are thrilled to announce that Wex is about to enlist reader support for a translation of a classic Yiddish novel that he wants to publish free of charge. It will exist only on line and as a cost-free PDF or e-book. “I’m going to try to finance it as an Indiegogo project,” he says. “The […]

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Koffler Rocks!

Wex is really looking forward to this. On Thursday May 2nd he will be hosting this amazing concert at the Artscape Wychwood Barns. There’s a dinner reception at 6.30pm followed by the concert itself which has been curated by Randy Bachman (Wex is a big fan of Randy’s Vinyl Tap show on the CBC). The Sadies and Melanie […]

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Chutzpah is the new charisma

Wex was recently interviewed by Maseena Ziegler for her article in Forbes about chutzpah. He gives the Yiddish perspective of the word (chutzpah being a bad thing – meaning you’re ill-mannered and rude) versus the English usage which is usually more positive in the sense of being “ballsy”. You can read the article in full here: Why […]

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Kosher for passover breakfast recipes

As you know I like to provide our readers with ideas for great recipes on Passover. Well our dear friend and Jewish cooking maven Leah Koenig has come up with three fabulous breakfast recipes on Chow.com. I’m especially excited about the cherry matzo brei – it looks completely delicious. Leah managed to find kosherle pesach […]

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