#Music was my first love – Topol’s Fiddler on the roof
Fiddler on the roof is one of my Mother’s records that I played the most as a child. I loved the music and was totally enthralled by the song Matchmaker and the idea of someone choosing your husband for you and that he could be old or fat or mean.
The musical production of Fiddler on the roof is based on Tevye and his Daughters (or Tevye the Dairyman) and other tales by Sholem Aleichem. The story centers on Tevye, a poor milkman and the father of five daughters, and is set in the small village of Anatevka in Eastern Europe. The central theme of the story is Tevye’s struggle to protect his daughters and maintain a traditional Jewish household during a time of increasing social change and growing antisemitism in Czarish Russia.
I learned a lot about Jewish tradition through listening to this musical. I found out about the prayer shawl that is worn by Jewish men and the fact that they always keep their heads covered. I also learned what the word “kosher” meant and who a Rabbi is. I have always been fascinated by different religions and I think that my enjoyment of this wonderful musical may have fueled this interest. I have subsequently attended a hair cutting ceremony and two Bar Mitzvah’s. I enjoyed these experiences a great deal.
Matchmaker is still my favourite song form this record [I still have the original record I listed to all those years ago].