PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot


“Wake up! It is almost the Sabbath!” Golde prodded the man she had been married to for forty years, raised five daughters with, and never missed a Sabbath.

“Golde!” Tevye waled. “Again, you have awakened me from a dream!”

“No message from Great Uncle Mordechai, Tevye. Hurry, it’s almost sunset.”

“Golde!” Tevye roared. “It was Chava. We were walking into a beautiful sunrise. She and I. Arm in arm. After all these years.”

“Go to her Tevye. Accept her. There may never be another chance.”

Tevye’s eyes closed.

Chava had waited for him.

He took her arm.

And expired.

Written for Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers utilizing Eugenia’s Brew n Sprew Cafe’s word prompts: Sunrise and Sunset.

This is based on characters in the movie Fiddler on the Roof. It makes my heart rejoice, knowing Tevya did not go to his grave without ever having accepted Chava’s marriage to Feyedka. This scene from the movie, has never left me.

18 thoughts on “Chava

  1. Dear Violet,

    I can’t tell you just how much I love this story. Tevye has almost been a lifelong friend to me. I read the Sholom Aleichem stories long before Fiddler on the Roof. I kind of identified with Chava since I didn’t marry a Jew. Sweet and touching.




  2. I haven’t thought about Fiddler on the Roof in eons. I saw the Broadway play many years ago and I loved it! Stunning response to the prompt, Violet. Thank you for joining the challenge.


  3. I just saw it at the Pantages! In this version, he says goodbye to her as they’re leaving, and her new husband says they’re leaving too. It leaves us with more hope. Love your story! 💖


  4. Oh Violet you’ve brought tears to my eyes. The story and that song in particular is SO poignant. I actually have listened to “Papa can you hear me” several times in the last months. A sad but all too true tale. Brilliant write Violet! ❤🌼❤ xo


  5. I’ts been a very long time ago that I saw the Fiddler on the Roof, but I recognized the characters right away. Together they’ll now wait for Golde.


  6. You know those movies that you watch whenever they’re on? This is one of those for me. You wrote a great story and gave a happy, peaceful, ending to both Tevye and Chava.


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