Tikvah master teacher Ruth Wisse brings the stories of Tevye the Dairyman alive like never before. You’ll laugh with Tevye, cry with him, and come to appreciate Sholem Aleichem’s greatest character in a whole new light.
Dive into each lecture in more depth with lesson summaries, probing study questions, and key passages for discussion. This guide can be used as part of your own private study or integrated into classroom or group study.
Preeminent teacher and scholar Ruth Wisse recently retired from her position as Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University, and is currently the Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Tikvah Fund.
Her books on literary subjects include an edition of Jacob Glatstein’s two-volume fictional memoir, The Glatstein Chronicles, The Modern Jewish Canon: A Journey Through Literature and Culture, and A Little Love in Big Manhattan. She is also the author of two political studies, If I Am Not for Myself: The Liberal Betrayal of the Jews and Jews and Power. Her most recent book, No Joke: Making Jewish Humor, a volume in the Tikvah Fund’s Library of Jewish Ideas, was recently published by Princeton University Press.