Shlof Mayn Kind

“Shlof Mayn Kind” (Sleep My Child)
Sung by Paul Robeson

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More than just tender words to soothe a baby, Yiddish lullabies offer intimate snapshots of the Jewish experience and mini-narratives of exile, immigration, and dreams of a new life. When my Grandpa Benjamin left the shtetl to find work in New York, I can imagine my grandma Lena singing these words to the youngest of her five children back home in Poland. “Sleep, my child. Your father is in America--a wondrous place, a paradise for Jews where everyone is happy and challah is eaten, even on weekdays. I will cook broth for you there.” This song was originally written by the great Yiddish author Sholem Aleichem, but later published anonymously.

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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.