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Library Journal STARRED Review of Rhapsody in Schmaltz

Rhapsody in Schmaltz got a starred review in the April issue of Library Journal. Wex has written a delightful and informative history of Jewish (“Yiddish”) food from biblical times to the present, describing its evolution and popularization through media culture and the process of Americanization. This ambitious historical, sociological and religious analysis describes the importance […]

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Now booking lecture tour 2016/2017

Ahoy there, readers! Rhapsody in Schmaltz comes out in a week and Wex is gearing up to go to the States, Europe and beyond. Okay, maybe not beyond Europe, but definitely Europe. We are now planning his lecture schedule for spring/summer in Europe and North America in the fall/winter. Please share this blog post freely and get […]

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A Q & A with the Jewish Week

With Rhapsody in Schmaltz coming out in a couple of weeks the interviews are coming in thick and fast. Here’s one Wex did for Steve Lipman at The Jewish Week. Over the last decade, author-translator Michael Wex has become the public voice of Yiddish culture — especially for the non-Yiddish-speaking public. A native of Canada’s Alberta province […]

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Bobe Mayses: Yiddish Knights and Other Impossibilities

Yiddish Summer Weimar 2016 seeks puppeteers, performers, actors, dancers, musicians, singers, story tellers, circus folk, drag performers, costume designers and more for the creation of a new interdisciplinary puppet theater/performance piece called “Bobe Mayses: Yiddish Knights and Other Impossibilities” written by none other than Michael Wex. “The project will take place in the OMA (Other […]

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Donald Trump and Yiddish

“It may not be good for the American political system, but at least it’s good for Yiddish. A bissel, that is.” The Jewish Week got hold of Wex at Yiddish New York for his opinion on Trump’s recent use of the word “schlonged”. “If Donald trump is using Yiddish, we have failed,” he said. But, as Yiddish logic […]

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Yiddish: German to spite the Germans

Tomorrow night Wex is giving a lecture at the Mid Manhattan Library as part of Yiddish New York. A look at how and why Jews living in German-speaking areas turned a thoroughly Christianized language into a vehicle for Jewish ideas and values. Although Yiddish shares most of its vocabulary with German, it was never really […]

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Wex and Greenbaum take the Bronx

This Sunday in The Bronx, with Rayhan Pasternak. This 1/2 hour program will follow the great humor of the great Yiddish humorist, Michael Wex. Both portions of your afternoon will satiate your EEF, Entertainment Enjoyment Factor! Michael Wex will speak in Yiddish on Yiddish idioms. Master flutist Adrianne Greenbaum and fiddler Rayhan Pasternak will perform. […]

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Eating Jewish in Canada

Anthony Rose of Toronto’s Fat Pasha and Schmaltz Appetizing; Ruthie Ladovsky of United Bakers Dairy Restaurant; and food writers Michael Wex and Bonnie Stern; moderated by Jayne Cohen, Jewish Holiday Cooking From schmaltz-fried rice to Nutella babka bread pudding with maple syrup to classic gefilte fish– the Jewish cuisine of Canada is white-hot. Join us for a […]

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