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  • Tevye the Dairyman is the protagonist of several of Sholem Aleichem's stories which were originally written in Yiddish and first published in 1894. The character is best known from the fictional memoir Tevye and his Daughters as a pious Jewish milkman in Tsarist Russia with six troublesome daughters: Tzeitel, Hodel, Chava, Shprintze, Bielke, and Teibel. He is also known from the musical dramatic adaptation of Tevye and His Daughters, Fiddler on the Roof. The Village of Boyberik, where the stories are set, is based on the town of Boyarka in Ukraine. Tevye began his literary life in 1895 with seven daughters. Over time, in subsequent chapters, as Tevye’s life unfolded and he told Sholem Aleichem new stories, six of his seven daughters got names, and five of them got stories in which they played lead roles. The names of three daughters even became story titles. Taybele never got a story, and the seventh daughter never even got a name.