It’s been awfully quiet on this website of late. That’s because Wex is busy writing his new book on Jewish food. However, this Monday you will have a chance to see him live at the 2012 Ashkenaz Festival. The event, entitled “Heartburn is History: Traditional Ashkenazi Food” is free and takes place at the Harbourfront [...]
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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 [...]
In order to relieve the tedium induced by weeks of reading nothing but the Bible, the Talmud, and sundry commentaries on tractates Avoyde Zoro and Khulin, including some fairly complicated sections of the Shulkhan Orukh and its successors, I’ve had to pick up the pace of my non-work-related reading. Science fiction has acquired a new [...]
Passover’s done, Bob Hope’s on the TV, serenading Jane Russell with “Buttons and Bows,” it’s overcast and slightly rainy in Toronto, but Jane Russell has just taken over the whole of my fifty-one inch television screen–my ancestors thought that they got manna from heaven?–and life is pretty much back to normal. First thing Monday morning, [...]
I’d like to blame Pesach shopping for my failure to write a blog post last week, but Mrs. Wex, a berye of the very first order, has long since had all the makings of kosher-for Passover Farfelroons safely stowed in knotted plastic bags in a corner of our basement, directly beneath a photo of the [...]