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Michael Wex

Michael Wex’s books include Born to Kvetch and Rhapsody in Schmaltz. His most recent project, the all-Yiddish Di Letste Nakht baym Kabaret Yitesh (Last Night at the Cabaret Yitesh) is waiting for theatres to re-open

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Review of Yiddish: A Biography of a Language by Jeffrey Shandler

Michael Wex

Shandler’s biography can be read as a chronicle of expanding notions of folkstimlekhkayt, from the old vos far a yid redt nisht ken yidish (what kind of [Ashkenazi] Jew doesn’t speak Yiddish) standard to the Yiddish being used and developed by cohorts of non-native speakers.

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