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[Fiddler on the Roof]


Tevye: "Golde, I have decided to give Perchik permission to become engaged to our daughter, Hodel."


Golde: "What? He’s poor! He has nothing, absolutely nothing!"


Tevye: "He’s a good man, Golde. I like him. And what’s more important, Hodel likes him. Hodel loves him. So what can we do? It’s a new world... A new world. Love. Golde..." Do you love me?


Golde: Do I what?


Tevye: Do you love me?


Golde: Do I love you?

With our daughters getting married

And this trouble in the town

You’re upset, you’re worn out

Go inside, go lie down!

Maybe it’s indigestion


Tevye: "Golde I’m asking you a question..." Do you love me?


Golde: You’re a fool


Tevye: "I know..." But do you love me?


Golde: Do I love you?

For twenty-five years I’ve washed your clothes

Cooked your meals, cleaned your house

Given you children, milked the cow

After twenty-five years, why talk about love right now?


Tevye: Golde, The first time I met you

Was on our wedding day

I was scared


Golde: I was shy


Tevye: I was nervous


Golde: So was I


Tevye: But my father and my mother

Said we’d learn to love each other

And now I’m asking, Golde

Do you love me?


Golde: I’m your wife


Tevye: "I know..." But do you love me?


Golde: Do I love him?

For twenty-five years I’ve lived with him

Fought him, starved with him

Twenty-five years my bed is his

If that’s not love, what is?


Tevye: Then you love me?


Golde: I suppose I do


Tevye: And I suppose I love you too


Both: It doesn’t change a thing

But even so

After twenty-five years

It’s nice to know



In this clip, Tevye is asking his wife, Golde, if she loves him. She responds with a list of all the things she’s done for him over the years – cook his meals, cleaned his house, milked the cow. But Tevye isn’t satisfied. Does she love him? And finally, she realizes that she does. And so my question to you, again, is "Do you love God?" Or are you just going through the motions?

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