————————————–Fiddler on the Roof (1971) Pictures, Images and Photos—————————–

By Harvey Tobkes

We watched a video of A Fiddler on the Roof last night and enjoyed it more than we did 35 years ago. That’s what aging will do for you! The marvelous actor, Topol, an Israeli, played the lead role of Tevya.

The brilliant director of the movie shows us the dark form of a Fiddler gingerly having to maintain his balance atop a slanting roof, while playing out his tune for all the people to hear.

Not unlike what is happening in Israel today.

In the movie, the metaphor of the fiddler on the roof relates to the lives of the Jewish people in their little Shtetls (villages) in an anti-Semitic Russia. They tried to live normal lives while balancing the burdens of poverty and even worse, the Tsar’s orders for Pogroms, and yet, during all this, remaining faithful to their religion and their traditions.

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