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What is a non-Jew called in the play Fiddler on the Roof?terminology

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cander6095 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 24, 2007 at 9:16 AM via web

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What is a non-Jew called in the play Fiddler on the Roof?

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jilllessa | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted November 24, 2007 at 10:15 AM (Answer #1)

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Usually the name of someone who is not a Jew in Yiddish is a goy, or in plural, goyim.  The more common word in English for a non-Jew is a gentile.

 

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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted November 24, 2007 at 2:59 PM (Answer #2)

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The only answer I can find definitively is in the film version script, which uses the word gentile to refer to non-Jews. I don't have the text of the play in front of me, though. 

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