After Watching ‘Fiddler on the Roof’
All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immorality? – Mark Twain Different culture style can be found in nearly every single society throughout the whole human history. It seems impossible for people not to have some sorts of differences. However, since I have learned about Jewish culture, I am gradually facing with the noticeable different perspective between the Jew and the Gentile. Especially, it is about their viability. There is nothing but to speak words of praise for Jewish people. I have learned how Jewish people settled down somewhere in the 19th Century of East Europe from the movie ‘Fiddler on the Roof’. Jewish Father has a very important role to support their members in family so that he has to be diligence to put the food on the table. And mother also has a unique role to handle the family ritual like Shabbat. She has in charge of preparing food and taking a step for enjoying Shabbat. Furthermore, Jewish culture has a special system to get marry to someone. They call it matchmaker. He or she plays a role like magnet with having a wide acquaintance to find out suitable relationship between young men and women. Without agreement of their parents, the arrangement of marriage is not going to work but, the role of matchmaker is very important as a starting point of marriage-life in Jewish culture. This film showed the shtetl in a similar way from the stories I have read. Rather than my expectations, movie gives more precise pictures about the shtetl than the stories. The shtetl placed in size about a few hundred residents. Forests and rural fields encircled this small town. Gentiles tended to live outside of the town to cut off from Jewish society, while Jews lived in Shtetl proper. The streets were unpaved, the houses built of wood shabbily. Only synagogue building looks likes that it is only built by stones. Compare with that, Christian Church (Russian...
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