Hi guys, I’m a reporter at the Forward and I spent the last six months reporting a story on BYU’s production on, yes, the beloved Jewish musical “Fiddler on the Roof.”
It was an absolutely wild experience to spend time on the campus, but the students were all extremely earnest and thoughtful, and they see a lot of the issues facing their church in Tevye’s struggles with progress and tradition.
On the other hand, most of them had never met a Jew — before me — or had almost any contact with Judaism. And of course, Mormonism has some pretty strong supersessionism and it feels a bit uncomfortable for them to see their own church in such a Jewish show.
Anyway, I wrote a feature piece on it and I’m really fascinated to hear your thoughts on it all, I hope you guys read.