The Director and Choreographer of “Fiddler on the Roof,” and His Ambivalent Jewish Identity

During his long career, Jerome Robbins distinguished himself as one of America’s foremost choreographers for both classical ballet and Broadway musicals. For most of it, he tried to hide three facts of which he was ashamed: that he had “named names” to the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1953, that he was a homosexual, and that he was Jewish. Robbins’s best known work, however, might be the quintessentially Jewish Fiddler on the Roof, which—like several other plays—he directed as well as choreographed. Terry Teachout writes:

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More about: American Jewry, Broadway, Dance, Fiddler on the Roof

How the Recent Sabotage of an Iranian Nuclear Facility Relates to Negotiations with the U.S.

According to recent reports, American nuclear negotiators in Vienna have expressed willingness to roll back significantly sanctions on the Islamic Republic. Meanwhile, a major power outage at the Iranian nuclear facility in Natanz—thought to have been caused by Israeli sabotage—has set back Tehran’s progress in producing the fuel necessary for an atomic bomb. Eran Lerman examines the relationship between these developments:

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More about: Iran, Iran nuclear program, Israeli Security, U.S. Foreign policy