Top Ten Jewish Lullabies – Kveller
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Top Ten Jewish Lullabies


“Rozhinkes Mit Mandlen” (Raisins and Almonds)
Sung by Pizmon

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Parents who have ever imagined their little one growing up to be the next Cornelius Vanderbilt can relate to “Raisins and Almonds.” The song is sung from the perspective of a mother trying to fire up her baby’s ambition to become a successful businessman: “Little Jew, here is your calling–trading in raisins and almonds. So sleep now, little Jew, sleep. There will come a time when railroads will cover half the earth, and you, too, will earn great wealth.” This song was originally written in the 1880s for a Yiddish operetta, and has become a staple in the repertoire of all Yiddish singers.

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