1: Short story with audio, Sholem Aleichem’s “Tevye Strikes It Rich," 1895, Yiddish with translation.
Here, in the second paragraph of one of the earliest Tevye stories, Tevye sets the scene, and Sholem Aleichem gives the reader a sense of who he is as a character.
Suggested activity: Listen to the audio in Yiddish and have the students read along in English. Read the English aloud. Ask: what do you notice about the way the character, in the audio version, speaks? What impression does this passage—written and spoken—give us of Tevye as a character and storyteller? Why would Sholem Aleichem have Tevye begin this way?
Sources: Sholem Aleichem, "Dos groyse gevins," in Ale verk Sholem Aleichem (The Collected Works of Sholem Aleichem), vol. 5 (Vilna, Warsaw: B. Kletskin, 1925), 16, retrieved from the Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library, <www.archive.org/details/nybc203813>, accessed March 1, 2016.
Sholem Aleichem, trans. Hillel Halkin, "Tevye Strikes It Rich," in Tevye the Dairyman (New York: Schocken, 1987), 3.
Israeli theater artist Shmuel Atzmon reading the work of Sholem Aleichem, Tevye der milkhikher (Tevye the Dairyman), Yiddish Book Center's Sami Rohr Library of Recorded Yiddish Books <www.yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/audio-books/smr-251SholemAleichemK..., accessed March 1, 2016.