When we were about to have our first child, my wife only wanted to play Jewish music. The noises (and songs) that a child hears in the womb, she said, impact its soul. My wife, who comes from a long line of Jewish mystics, is not someone who you doubt in these matters. And while I was skeptical--I was really itching to play some Sleater-Kinney for my little zygote--I went along.

After our daughter was born, we struck a balance--the loud punk-rock stuff, yes, but also music that espoused our Jewish values. If, like my wife, you’re into exposing your kids to Jewish music, here are a few albums to get you started. It might help your kid's spiritual development or they might just like to listen, clap their hands, and dance around--and that's fine, too.

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Matthue Roth

Matthue Roth is the author, most recently, of the Russian Jewish immigrant geek novel Losers, as well as two other novels and a memoir. He is an Associate Editor at MyJewishLearning.com.