A trip to a new bookstore turned a mundane day of chores ( getting oil changed and tires replaced) into a trip of memory and excitement. I read Sholom Aleichem a lot when I was a child, his work was practically the only writing Jews in my area of the world had access to. I don’t think at the time I really had an idea of the momentousness of Jewish secular writing in Yiddish but now is a different story. For those who may not know this, Sholom Aleichem is the author responsible for Fiddler on the Roof, the story that is, not the movie or the musical. His stories about Tevye described the dark and light world of the czarist era shtetl. There was not much dancing and lightness in his stories but nonetheless they were full of light and character. I learned about my Jewish roots from these stories without really seeing as a child that’s what I was doing. I’ll always have a huge piece of my heart devoted to Sholom Aleichem, the father of modern-sh Yiddish literature.
From the fingertips of Eugenia S