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February 6, 2009 | Jonathan Kirsch, Kirsch appeared in the role of Reb Lazar Wolf in a 1966 production of "Tevye and His Daughters" at Temple Akiba in Culver City. He is the author of 12 books, including, most recently, "The Grand Inquisitor's Manual: A History of Terror in the Name of God."
The writer known as Sholem Aleichem (Sholem Rabinovich, 1859-1916) was a towering figure in the Yiddish-speaking world, praised in his own lifetime as "the Jewish Mark Twain." The critic Irving Howe later singled him out as "the one absolute Yiddish genius." When Aleichem died, some 100,000 mourners crowded the New York neighborhood in which he spent the last years of his life.
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December 18, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Two kinds of cinematic traditions can be celebrated in the coming weeks, starting with the annual Christmas Eve "Fiddler on the Roof" sing-along dreamed up by the Laemmle chain and now expanding to no less than six theaters. The Broadway musical, based on the classic Tevye stories by preeminent Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem, was made into an Oscar-winning film (for Oswald Morris' cinematography and John Williams' score) in 1971 that boasts Isaac Stern playing violin on the soundtrack.
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August 5, 2011 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Sholem Aleichem's posthumous reputation is a double paradox. Yiddish's greatest writer, he's best known today for an English-language theatrical version of his work. More than that, some of the people who revere him the most understand him the least. Were he alive to see it all, the man himself would surely be amused. "Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness" is a beautifully made documentary that sets the record straight in a thoughtful, incisive way. Director Joseph Dorman has successfully combined artfully chosen archival material and perceptive interviews with some of the best thinkers in the Yiddish world, including academics Dan Miron, David Roskies and Ruth Wisse; translator Hillel Halkin; the National Yiddish Book Center's Aaron Lansky; and author Bel Kaufman, Sholem Aleichem's 100-year-old granddaughter.
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September 14, 2013
Re "Animal rites protest," Sept. 12 Regarding the use of live chickens in the sacrificial Orthodox Jewish ritual of kaparot, I have to ask: What would Sholem Aleichem say? In the late 19th century, this great Yiddish humorist wrote a story in which he imagined the ritual coming to an end when a flock of "shtetl" chickens go on strike. This deceptively light story can be interpreted in many different ways: as a commentary on scapegoating, anti-Semitism, superstition or animal cruelty, or as a plug for political uprising or union organizing.
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August 16, 1987 | Janet Hadda
Sholem Aleichem and Isaac Bashevis Singer have two things in common: More familiar to readers of English than any other Yiddish authors, they are also, arguably, the consummate storytellers of their native literature.
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December 10, 1992 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For those needing a break from December's ubiquitous Christmas carols and egg nog, the Gaslamp Quarter Theatre Company is offering an evening steeped in the bittersweet glories of Yiddishkeit: Nehemiah Persoff's one-man show, "Sholem Aleichem." Persoff adapted and edited the show from five stories by Aleichem.
OPINION
September 14, 2013
Re "Animal rites protest," Sept. 12 Regarding the use of live chickens in the sacrificial Orthodox Jewish ritual of kaparot, I have to ask: What would Sholem Aleichem say? In the late 19th century, this great Yiddish humorist wrote a story in which he imagined the ritual coming to an end when a flock of "shtetl" chickens go on strike. This deceptively light story can be interpreted in many different ways: as a commentary on scapegoating, anti-Semitism, superstition or animal cruelty, or as a plug for political uprising or union organizing.
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August 24, 2013 | Mike Boehm
Sweeping statements are risky, but one can be made confidently about Theodore Bikel: No living actor's connection to a fictional character has been more lasting or deeply personal than his lifelong walk with Tevye the Dairyman. Bikel is 89. Three years ago, he bade an unceremonious and unsentimental farewell to the mainly lighthearted Tevye who drives "Fiddler on the Roof" - a part he played more than 2,100 times over 42 years. But leaving behind the musical was not the same as saying adieu to Tevye.
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December 18, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Two kinds of cinematic traditions can be celebrated in the coming weeks, starting with the annual Christmas Eve "Fiddler on the Roof" sing-along dreamed up by the Laemmle chain and now expanding to no less than six theaters. The Broadway musical, based on the classic Tevye stories by preeminent Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem, was made into an Oscar-winning film (for Oswald Morris' cinematography and John Williams' score) in 1971 that boasts Isaac Stern playing violin on the soundtrack.
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February 2, 2012 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank Stories Nathan Englander Alfred A. Knopf: 210 pp., $24.95 Give Nathan Englander credit for chutzpah. The title of his new book of short fiction, "What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank," draws on two iconic antecedents: the young diarist killed at Bergen-Belsen and the Raymond Carver story "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. " Each, in its way, informs the collection; each, in its way, helps to set the terms.
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August 24, 2013 | Mike Boehm
Sweeping statements are risky, but one can be made confidently about Theodore Bikel: No living actor's connection to a fictional character has been more lasting or deeply personal than his lifelong walk with Tevye the Dairyman. Bikel is 89. Three years ago, he bade an unceremonious and unsentimental farewell to the mainly lighthearted Tevye who drives "Fiddler on the Roof" - a part he played more than 2,100 times over 42 years. But leaving behind the musical was not the same as saying adieu to Tevye.
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February 2, 2012 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank Stories Nathan Englander Alfred A. Knopf: 210 pp., $24.95 Give Nathan Englander credit for chutzpah. The title of his new book of short fiction, "What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank," draws on two iconic antecedents: the young diarist killed at Bergen-Belsen and the Raymond Carver story "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. " Each, in its way, informs the collection; each, in its way, helps to set the terms.
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August 5, 2011
'Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in Darkness' Unrated Running time: 1 hour, 34 minutes Playing: At Laemmle's Royal, West Los Angeles; Town Center 5, Encino; weekend mornings only at Playhouse 7, Pasadena; Claremont 5, Claremont. Theodore Bikel introduces Friday's 7 p.m. screening at the Royal and director Joseph Dorman speaks afterward.
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February 6, 2009 | Jonathan Kirsch, Kirsch appeared in the role of Reb Lazar Wolf in a 1966 production of "Tevye and His Daughters" at Temple Akiba in Culver City. He is the author of 12 books, including, most recently, "The Grand Inquisitor's Manual: A History of Terror in the Name of God."
The writer known as Sholem Aleichem (Sholem Rabinovich, 1859-1916) was a towering figure in the Yiddish-speaking world, praised in his own lifetime as "the Jewish Mark Twain." The critic Irving Howe later singled him out as "the one absolute Yiddish genius." When Aleichem died, some 100,000 mourners crowded the New York neighborhood in which he spent the last years of his life.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 1992 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For those needing a break from December's ubiquitous Christmas carols and egg nog, the Gaslamp Quarter Theatre Company is offering an evening steeped in the bittersweet glories of Yiddishkeit: Nehemiah Persoff's one-man show, "Sholem Aleichem." Persoff adapted and edited the show from five stories by Aleichem.
BOOKS
August 16, 1987 | Janet Hadda
Sholem Aleichem and Isaac Bashevis Singer have two things in common: More familiar to readers of English than any other Yiddish authors, they are also, arguably, the consummate storytellers of their native literature.
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