Fyedka

Template:Inappropriate tone Fyodor (referred to by the diminutive Fyedka) is a character from the musical Fiddler on the Roof. He is the young Christian man whom Chava falls in love with and becomes her husband by the end of the story. They meet in Motel's Tailor Shop when Fyedka intervenes in the tormenting of Chava by his friends (Sasha and another unnamed Russian). He offers to loan Chava a book, and a secret relationship begins between them.

Yente, the village matchmaker, tells Chava's sister, Tzeitel, that she saw Chava and Fyedka together and that "it wasn't the first time". Though the audience only sees them together three times, they fall in love. In outright defiance of the local custom, Chava asks her father, Tevye, for permission to marry Fyedka. Tevye wrestles with his strong belief in the Jewish tradition and with his love for his daughter. He decides he cannot allow a marriage outside the Jewish religion among his daughters and orders her never to see or talk to Fyedka again. The next day, Chava and Fyedka go to the priest and are married.

Because of their marriage, Chava is disowned by her father Tevye and has only Fyedka. They come to say goodbye to them after the Russian constable tells the town to leave. Tevye only sees them when Chava hugs her mother, Golde. He is by her side all the while she speaks to her father, but he ignores her. Realizing that this may be their last goodbye, Tevye prompts Tzeitel to wish them "God be with you" on his behalf.

Notable actors to have played Fyedka are Joe Ponazecki from the original Broadway cast, David Ayers from the 2004 Broadway cast, and Ray Lovelock from the cast of the film adaptation.

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