The Yiddish Book Center's

Wexler Oral History Project

A growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.

"I went to school in the eleventh century it's just nobody bothered to tell me"

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Michael Wex recalls reading Old English literature and thinking it reminded him of a Rashi commentary on the Torah, but not believing that a non-Jewish writer could have been influenced by it.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Michael Wex.

This excerpt is in English.

Michael Wex was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada in 1954.