This article addresses two Hebrew stage adaptations based on Sholem Aleichem's Der blutike shpas (The Bloody Hoax) produced in Mandatory Palestine: Hard to Be a Jew, which premiered at Habima in December 1936, and a parody of this play, titled Easy to Be a Jew, which premiered at Ha-matateh, the satirical Yishuv theater company, in June 1937. These productions constituted a symbolic zone of boundary-work between the Yiddish culture associated with the old home in eastern Europe and the Hebrew culture of Zionist Palestine, encapsulating the eastern European Jewish experience on the stage. The stage performances and reception of the plays indicate that the experience of the new land and the sense of communal belonging to the Zionist collective was fashioned after this encapsulated model of Jewish experience in eastern Europe. Thus, the adaptation of Zionist cultural identity was marked as being continuous with the old world, rather than rebellion against it or its radical transformation.
|Number of pages||25|
|Journal||Jewish Social Studies|
|State||Published - 1 Sep 2018|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This study was supported by the Israeli Science Foundation, grant no. 953/17.
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- Cultural translation
- Hebrew theater
- Sholem Aleichem
- Yiddish theater
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cultural Studies
- Religious studies