Got a fussy little one who won't settle down at night?  Look at it this way--you've got a captive audience. Singing lullabies is a great way to pass on our rich Jewish culture. Here are 10 lovely--and singable--Jewish lullabies that will send your little one off to dreamland.  Whether or not you’re conversant in Yiddish or Hebrew, many of these songs are so easy to sing that they roll right off the tongue.

 


 Durme, Durme

"Durme, Durme" (Sleep, Sleep)
Sung by Flory Jagoda

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It's hard to find a Jewish lullaby collection that doesn’t include some version of "Durme Durme," a song that has accompanied Sephardic Jews fleeing Inquisition Spain and dispersing to exile communities in North Africa, the Balkans, and North America. If you've got a bit of high school Spanish under your belt, pronouncing the simple words of this lovely Ladino folksong should be a cinch. Flory Jagoda, the grande dame of Sephardic song, put this lovely song on the Jewish lullaby radar. The words are touchingly direct, "Sleep my little one. Sleep without worry or pain." Put a little crescendo on the end of your phrases, and let the tune soar.

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Marion Jacobson

Marion Jacobson was formerly a freelance author and writer in New York City before her growing collection of kitchen gadgets and cookbooks forced her to move Upstate. There she continues all of these activities with her husband and two lovely children, ages 6 and 8, while attempting to grow vegetables.