Jerry Bock, of ‘Fiddler,’ Dies at 81

Composer passes mere days after writer

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.

Top Ten for the Ninth of Av

Movies for the Mourning

Why Do Jews Argue So Much?

Inquiring Tablet commenters want to know!

A Milkman in Winter

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

Second Fiddle

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

Party Animal

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

Out of the Extraordinary

Funky soul from the desert and other musical surprises

High Fidelity

Josh Kun finds forgotten treasures in old, discarded LPs

Finding the Beat

Let go of your skepticism about new Jewish music

Books That Have Read Me

The works that shaped my imagination

Pioneer Tunes

A conversation with Alisa Solomon about the first—and last—Zionist musical comedy on Broadway

Tevye on the West End

Henry Goodman explores the inner workings of a milkman-patriarch

Family Fortune

After Fiddler and The Apple Tree, Harnick and Bock took on a different challenge

Fiddler Crabs

Preemptive strikes denounced an “ethnically cleansed” revival, and critics took the bait. But does nostalgia really honor tradition?

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