It is said that the first Yiddish play was called a Purimshpiele, a play traditionally performed during the religious Jewish holiday of Purim. For many decades, many Yiddish families enjoyed going to the Yiddish theatre, as it provided them with a pleasant experience, as well as an escape from their arduous daily lives. Yiddish theatre expanded even more so in the wake of what was called Haskalah, or Jewish enlightenment, which signaled a great increase in Jewish literary culture.
Look at the photograph on the left and ask yourself the following questions:
How can you tell that the character Yoshke is a musician?
What season of the year do you think the scene takes place in?
What do you
think Yoshke is thinking?
Do you think he's going somewhere, and if so, where do you think he might be going?
Where do you
think Yoshke plays his musical instrument?
What kind of music do you think he plays?
Do you think he
plays by himself, or do you think he is part of a musical group? If he
plays with a group, what other types of musical instruments might
accompany him when he plays?