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Friday, August 12, 2011

Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness

Remember the charming film, "Fiddler on the Roof?" Well, "Tevya the Milkman" was a character created originally by a great Jewish author and humorist, using the pen name, Sholem Aleichem.  He became famously acclaimed for the wit and wisdom of the tales he spun, bringing laughter to the lives of milliions, most of whom were not living in happy circumstances, to say the least.  This documentary of his life is brilliantly put together by Writer, Director, and Producer (!) Joseph Dorman. Narrated by Alan Rosenberg with Peter Riegert voicing "Tevya,"  This movie presents a moving, unforgettable  history of a people who were cruelly slaughtered, not just in Nazi Germany, but in Russia and other countries. Discriminated against, persecuted, the Jewish people found much solace in Sholem Aleichem's stories (which he wrote in Yiddish, the common language of the masses, rather than the scholarly Hebrew). An excellent film that is insightful and meaningful.

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