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  • The battle over kapparot goes to court

    September 8, 2015 | 4:59 pm

    We refuse to be your Kapores!” a chicken shouts. “We demand our rights,” a rooster chimes in. 

    Both are characters speaking from the pages of a children’s book, “When the Chickens Went on Strike,” an adaptation by Erica Silverman of a Sholem Aleichem story about a confrontation...

  • The making of a beloved ‘Tradition’ with Barbara Isenberg

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    September 3, 2014 | 2:20 pm

    Thanks to Barbara Isenberg and her effervescent and entertaining new book, “Tradition! The Highly Improbable, Ultimately Triumphant Broadway-to-Hollywood Story of Fiddler on the Roof, the World’s Most Beloved Musical” (St. Martin’s Press), the soundtrack to “Fiddler” is back on...

  • Peretz’s tales of caring inspire actor

    By Tom Tugend

    September 7, 2011 | 12:20 pm

    Sholem Aleichem and Isaac Leib (I.L.) Peretz died almost a century ago, but the works of the two giants of Yiddish literature live on in film and on stage.

    Last month saw the release of the documentary film “Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness,” and this week the play “The...

  • Gogol, Chekhov ... Sholem Aleichem — Russia’s other great author

    By Tom Tugend

    July 26, 2011 | 6:21 pm

    Despite a long life of distinguished writing, it’s not without irony that Sholem Aleichem today is probably known to most people as the guy who wrote the story behind “Fiddler on the Roof.”

    Although he did not write the classic musical, Sholem (or Shalom) Aleichem was indeed...

  • Sholem Aleichem, Gogol Show Two Views of Shtetl Jews

    March 11, 2009 | 4:01 am

    Russians, Jews and literature scholars get excited about jubilee years, and for those who fit any of these categories, 2009 is a big year. One hundred and fifty years ago this month, a writer who would immortalize the Russian Jew in literature, Solomon Rabinovich (1859-1916) —...