“The Stories Are Interesting, but the Character Is a Hundred Times More Interesting”: Discovering Tevye the Dairyman

July 31 2019

Undoubtedly the best-known figure in all of Yiddish literature—if not in all of Jewish fiction—is Tevye the Dairyman. A creation of Sholem Aleichem, Tevye is a simple Jew whose personal travails serve as a commentary on the Russian Jewish experience. Even before he was reborn as the protagonist of Fiddler on Roof, Tevye was beloved by thousands of readers.

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More about: Jewish literature, Ruth Wisse, Sholem Aleichem, Tevye, Yiddish literature

Whatever Their Cause, the Recent Explosions at Iranian Military Bases Are a Setback for the Ayatollahs’ Race for Nuclear Weapons

On Thursday, there was a fire—apparently caused by an explosion—at the uranium-enrichment facility in the Iranian city of Natanz. The incident followed closely on the heels of an explosion at the Parchin military facility, also connected to the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, and another at a building in Tehran that left nineteen dead. While Israel has not commented on any of these incidents, there are reports that it was behind at least one. A few weeks earlier, Tehran set off an exchange of cyberattacks between the two countries. Yoav Limor analyzes the situation:

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More about: Iran, Iranian nuclear program, Israeli Security