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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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Yiddish Book Club: Yentl

Shane Baker, Faith Jones, Eric Klein and I: In the Footsteps of Barbra Streisand. In the first episode of the podcast we discuss “Yentl the Yeshiva Boy” by I.B. Singer: a short story about a Jewish girl who dressed as a boy, because she wanted to study. This is part one of a two hour discussion. […]

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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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Yiddish New York Cabaret

They want me to appear as a Yiddish-speaking Christ child. Come out and see if it happens. Shpet & Shmutsik Kosher Kabaret (Pork Half Off!) presents: Tsu Dayn Geburtstog — A Big Birthday Bash for Yoyzl with Shane Baker and Miryem-Khaye Seigel Special guest: Michael Wex Piano Marilyn Lerner Nothing screams Kratsmekh like a good […]

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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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