Issues 04:01 Songs of Smiles and Sadness

Songs of Smiles and of Sadness

Tevye the Milkman (from Fiddler On The Roof) bemoans his wearisome plight. The horse has gone lame, there’s trouble in the town, and the chickens have stopped laying eggs. With all this tsuris (trouble) what is the response of the milkman from Anatevka? He dreams a dream and he sings a song… If I were…

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A Song with Purpose
Topics: our stories

I can’t remember my exact age, but I was sitting in a synagogue service that was designed especially for children (ages four and up). It was Rosh Hashannah and the reader spoke the words, Who may climb the mountain of the Lord? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands…

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Gomer
Topics: poetry

The voice of love caressed my soul, embraced me, beckoned me, And I so very thoughtlessly yet willfully fled away. The voice of love is now a faint song, a whisper of long ago hard to hear, yet heard reaching, I remember when it was strong and vibrant when I could embrace the sweet and…

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: The Fiddler
Topics: vaysechvoos
Author: Susan Perlman

Karpl the Fiddler was a very pious Jew. He would play only at poor weddings and took no pay. He made a modest living as a dyer. Purim was the happiest day for him. He would take his fiddle in hand and go from house to house regaling his friends. Everywhere he went people treated…

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