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Theodore Bikel, an Entertainment Giant, Dies at 91

The Austrian-American folk singer, union activist, and actor, is perhaps best known for playing Tevye the Dairyman more than 2,000 times

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A New Take on ‘The Rothschilds’

Adaptation of the 1970 musical to premiere Off-Broadway in October

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An Interview With the Man Who Made Tevye Sing

Sheldon Harnick celebrates 50 years of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

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Leonard Nimoy on Spock, Yiddish Theater, and the Vulcan Symbol’s Jewish Inspiration

An excerpt from Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish

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Fiddler on the Tube

Peter Pan Live! was good, but NBC should really take us back to Anatevka

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The Sounds of Your Favorite Films—Including ‘Cabaret’ and ‘The Producers’—Remastered

Clarinetist David Krakauer unites iconic films, animation, and a swinging sextet in a rollicking multimedia project

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The Show That Made the World Fall in Love With the Jews and Grow Nostalgic for Tevye

Alisa Solomon’s kaleidoscopic look at ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ explores the political and cultural backdrop of the 49-year-old smash

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From Teen Chronicler of Yiddish Curses to Global Fame: Sholem Aleichem’s Multitudes

Jeremy Dauber’s biography of the genius behind Tevye traces his life and legacy from shtetl child to international superstar

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Making a Personal Commitment to Care for the Dead—by Singing to Them

Just as we sing lullabies to newborns, I now offer the same loving care as part of my work with a burial fellowship

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The Jazz Sound and Jewish Films

David Krakauer links the mediums

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Moscow Goes Kosher

The Russian capital’s recent boom in kosher restaurants shows that kashrut isn’t just for Jews anymore

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The Aristocrats

The upper-crust Edwardians of Downton Abbey, now back on PBS, are as bound by tradition as the shtetl Jews of Fiddler on the Roof

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What Makes a Film Jewish?

Critic Daphne Merkin’s all-time top ten

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Sundown: Grapel Still Detained

Plus when did *she* grow to be so tall? and more

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Pioneer Women

There are many stereotypes of Jewish women, and mail-order bride isn’t one of them. But in the 19th century, some left Eastern Europe for the American frontier, where they married men they’d never met.

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The Librettist’s Granddaughter

Celebrating the man who made Tevye sing

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Sundown: Searching for a Peace Process Jolt

Plus the Jews are thriving in Baltimore, and more

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Western Promises

With her debut novel, The Cosmopolitans, Nadia Kalman expands the boundaries of Soviet-Jewish immigrant fiction

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Jerry Bock, of ‘Fiddler,’ Dies at 81

Composer passes mere days after writer

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A Serious Mensch

Fyvush Finkel’s career, rooted in Yiddish theater, has lasted nearly eight decades. And he’s not planning on retirement anytime soon.

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Top Ten for the Ninth of Av

Movies for the Mourning

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Why Do Jews Argue So Much?

Inquiring Tablet commenters want to know!

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A Milkman in Winter

After 42 years, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ star Topol is still stuck in Anatevka

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Second Fiddle

Sholem Aleichem’s newly-translated novel fails to rise to the heights reached by his stories

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Party Animal

The enigmatic “Jew fairy” at the center of The Boys in the Band

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Out of the Extraordinary

Funky soul from the desert and other musical surprises

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High Fidelity

Josh Kun finds forgotten treasures in old, discarded LPs

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Finding the Beat

Let go of your skepticism about new Jewish music