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Bow Ties Optional

A bunch of scholars talking about Sholem Aleichem's works. Always good to see if Shmoop's perspective checks out, nu?

Movie or TV Productions

Fiddler on the Roof

The movie version of the hit Broadway musical. Do not watch this as a substitute because the plot, and the tone, and the point, and everything else about it is way, way different. Really, it's just a movie about people who have similar names. But hey, the music is awesome.

Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness

A totally creepy title for a totally cool biography of Sholem Aleichem, along with some historical context and legacy info.

Historical Documents

In Hindsight, Not the Best Idea

Some translated excerpts of the Russian Constitution of 1906. Check out that thing about the tsar being pretty much God.

Lenin vs. the Pogrom

An article by the main leader of the Russian Revolution about how stupid it was that the government was basically sponsoring the pogrom. Boy, was he an idealist… and boy did he sure stop being one.

Video

It's Almost Like Tevye Quoting the Torah

Quotations from Sholem Aleichem, interspersed with cartoons and random images to make things funny.

Audio

Sholem Aleichem, Live and In Person

A little bit of his voice, and you get a sense of what the original Yiddish sounds like! It's a win-win.

Images

Uncle Aleichem

Sholem Aleichem totally looks like your most fun relative in this famous picture.

The Homeless (a.k.a. After the Pogrom)

Painting by Maurycy Minkowski from 1906.

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