But where did Aleichem settle? Not Palestine. In the stories, Tevye doesn’t attempt to emigrate to Israel. He reluctantly tries to visit to see the holy places after his social-climbing son-in-law bribes him to leave because the poor Tevye was an embarrassment who would expose the climber as a liar. Tevye says in effect, “Oh well, for my daughter’s sake, I’ll visit the holy land.” Being old, he expected to die before returning home. That’s not emigration. That’s tourism. By the way, he never got there, because Motl Kamzoil died and Tevye had to care for Tzeitl and her kids.