Some Jewish traditions in the play:
The yente is a village matchmaker, who pairs up single men and women for marriage. In the orthodox tradition, the father of the bride has the final say in the marriage.
Shabbat is the day of rest in Judaism that spans from Friday at sundown to Saturday at sundown. Tevye’s family lights candles and blesses the bread and the wine before eating the shabbat dinner on Friday night.
Marrying within your own faith is the biggest tradition broken in Fiddler on the Roof. The tradition of marrying someone of your own faith would have been common for most Jewish communities in the early 1900s.
Jewish weddings take place under a chuppah or canopy, which symbolizes the couple’s new Jewish home, open on all four sides to represent hospitality.
Outside the home, orthodox Jews do not sit with or touch members of the opposite sex. When Hodel and Perchik dance together, they are breaking a long-standing tradition.