Writing to the Corinthians St. Paul said, I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received. Even with his special revelation on the road to Damascus he was conscious that he had received from believers what went before and he then passed that on. What he “received” can be translated as “the tradition.” The word tradition is central to the story of Fiddler on the Roof. “Because of our traditions,” says Tevye, “each of us knows who he is and what God expects us to do.” They play shows that traditions have to adapt in the face of new realities. Tradition is not a rock handed to the next generation but a living thing, a house plant, needing pruning and watering.