Aleichem Morphed Habits Of Faith Into Cultural Identity

“This season marks 150 years since the birth of Sholem Aleichem, whose appeal to ‘something more cheerful’ made him the most popular Yiddish writer at a time when more Jews spoke Yiddish than any other language. Known to modern audiences mostly through ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ — the Americanized musical adaptation of his stories of Tevye the Dairyman — Sholem Aleichem cast the Jews as a people who would live through laughter — or die trying.”