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Michael Wex (born September 12, 1954) is a Canadian novelist, playwright, translator, lecturer, performer, and author of books on language and literature.[1] His specialty is Yiddish and his book Born to Kvetch was a surprise bestseller in 2005.[1] Wex lives in Toronto with his wife Marilla and daughter Sabina.[2]

Michael Wex was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada to a family of descendants of Rebbes of Ciechanów and Stryków. He has taught at the University of Toronto and the University of Michigan.[3]

Works[edit]

  • The Frumkiss Family Business. Toronto: Knopf Canada, 2010. ISBN 978-0-307-39776-8
  • How to Be a Mentsh (and Not a Shmuck). Harper, 2009. ISBN 978-0-061-77111-8
  • Just Say Nu: Yiddish for Every Occasion (When English Just Won't Do). New York: St. Martin's Press, 2007. ISBN 0-312-36462-8
  • Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language And Culture in All Its Moods. Publisher: St. Martin's Press (September 1, 2005). ISBN 0-312-30741-1
  • Born to Kvetch (Audio CD). ISBN 0-06-113122-9
  • Shlepping the Exile, 1993, ISBN 0-88962-542-5
  • The Adventures of Micah Mushmelon, Boy Talmudist. 2007.
  • Die Abenteuer des Micah Mushmelon, kindlicher Talmudist (dt. von Heiko Lehmann, Wagenbach 2005)
  • Classic Yiddish Stories of S.Y. Abramovitsh, Sholem Aleichem, and I.L. Peretz. (Michael Wex, translator) 2004. ISBN 0-8156-0760-1
  • The Wishing-Ring by S.Y. Abramovitsh (Michael Wex, translator). 2003. ISBN 0-8156-3035-2
  • God in Paris (performance)
  • Sex in Yiddish (performance)
  • Judenverwolkung, or Meshiekh's Tsaytn (performance)
  • I Just Want to Jewify (The Yiddish Revenge on Wagner) (performance)
  • Rhapsody in Schmaltz: Yiddish Food and Why We Can't Stop Eating It

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Summer Yiddish Internship 2008: Yiddish Summer.org
  2. ^ Biography notes from his book covers
  3. ^ "Michael Wex", an interview by Wordsmith.org, December 5, 2005

External links[edit]



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1364 news items

The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:00:00 -0700

Two new books – Kosher USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food by Roger Horowitz and Rhapsody in Schmaltz: Yiddish Food and Why We Can't Stop Eating It by Michael Wex – ask me to reconsider my people's cuisine, but not for ...

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune
Thu, 07 Apr 2016 08:52:05 -0700

In "Rhapsody in Schmaltz," Michael Wex offers a lively consideration of Jewish food and your bubbe's cooking. Jake Marmer. Michael Wex's "Rhapsody in Schmaltz" is all about food, but it won't make you hungry. That is, unless you're interested in raw ...

Jewish Journal

Jewish Journal
Thu, 14 Apr 2016 10:39:53 -0700

'There are those who say that God gave us cardboard so that we could describe the taste of matzoh, but taste is what matzoh is not about,” Michael Wex writes in his new book, “Rhapsody in Schmaltz: Yiddish Food and Why We Can't Stop Eating It.”.

Tablet Magazine

Tablet Magazine
Sun, 10 Apr 2016 22:03:45 -0700

Michael Wex is not a chef. He's not a lifelong challah baker, an avid cookbook collector, or even, by his own admission, much of a home cook. But his new book, Rhapsody in Schmaltz: Yiddish Food and Why We Can't Stop Eating It, might just be the most ...

The Boston Globe

The Boston Globe
Mon, 18 Apr 2016 10:21:33 -0700

Toronto-based author Michael Wex, 61, says that religious leaders from different Jewish traditions agree on very little, except the central role that food plays in Jewish life. “Most of the day-to-day rules of this religion have to do with food. This ...

The Jewish Week

The Jewish Week
Tue, 05 Apr 2016 13:15:00 -0700

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 and a longtime native of Toronto, he has written a series of ...
 
Cleveland Jewish News
Mon, 25 Apr 2016 08:42:55 -0700

“Farshlepteh krenk can also be used to describe a long, drawn-out affair of any kind – “These House appropriation hearings are turning into a farshlepteh krenk” ... (Michael Wex, “Just Say Nu: Yiddish for Every Occasion (When English Just Won't Do),” St.

Haaretz

Haaretz
Tue, 19 Apr 2016 08:42:03 -0700

DESSERT: "Micheal Wex on eating Yiddish: the power of schmaltz" by Michael Floreak:"Toronto-based author Michael Wex, 61, says that religious leaders from different Jewish traditions agree on very little, except the central role that food plays in ...
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