Tevye the Dairyman

Resource Kit by
Josh Lambert

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Introduction

Introduction

Sholem Aleichem, the pseudonym of Sholem Rabinovitch (1859-1916), was one of the greatest Jewish writers of modern times, a pioneer of literary fiction in Yiddish who transformed the folk materials and experiences of Eastern European Jews into classics of world literature. His most beloved character, Tevye the Dairyman, became the protagonist of stage and film adaptations, including the Broadway musical and film Fiddler on the Roof, securing his place in popular culture worldwide; even before that, though, Sholem Aleichem's stories featuring Tevye were appreciated as brilliant comic distillations of modern Jewish experience. This kit provides resources with which teachers can introduce their students to the character of Tevye and to the choices that have been made in presenting and performing this character over the years.

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