And now let’s talk about more cheerful things... Na'amit Sturm Nagel writes for TraditionOnline's The BEST: "Sholem Aleichem’s stories manage to paradoxically balance laughter and tears, comedy and tragedy, tzores and simches. Even in the saddest moments of his stories, Sholom Aleichem’s character warmly addresses the readers and challenges them to laugh. When Jews have historically faced struggles, they have built existential grit through laughter. Yiddish literature’s deep layers lie hidden in the underbelly of the jokes."
Many pieces of Yiddish literature belong on this list, but the first one is Tevye the Dairyman, written by Solomon Rabinovich, known more widely by his pseudonym, Sholem Aleichem.Summary: Many have seen “Fiddler on the Roof” and therefore think they know the milkman’s story, but it is an