Sholem Aleichem

Monday, September 26 th, 2016 at 00:09 am 

Sholem Aleichem

JOY REVIEW

I knew Sholem Aleichem only as the storyteller on whose work Fiddler on the Roof was based. This is actually a fascinating documentary about a very interesting figure who wrote stories in Yiddish for newspapers and magazines so that people could actually hear stories. So, the combination of the folk wisdom, and probably most importantly documenting the change, not only in how the world viewed Judaism, and how Jews viewed themselves, but also the fact that Yiddish was unifying language of Jews everywhere as opposed to Russian, or Hebrew, or German, or French, or anything else and then sort of fell out of favor.  So, not only was he a really interesting man, and a kind of pivotal figure, but the photographs in this are just plain awesome in the full meaning of the word.  The documentary is part biographical, part sociological and part history, all interesting and compelling.  Four stars.

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