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Mother's Day is Sunday: 18 Signs You Were Raised By A Jewish Mother

Renee Eder on Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Sunday is Mother's Day, a day when we appreciate our mothers, grandmothers, and the mother figures in our life.

Mother's Day officially began in 1907, when Anna Jarvis held a private "Mother's Day" celebration in memory of her mother. Anna's mother, Ann Jarvis, was a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the Civil War and created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues. Anna's mission was to honor her own mother by continuing the work she started and to set aside a day to honor mothers, "the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world". Due to the campaign efforts of Anna Jarvis, several states officially recognized Mother's Day, the first in 1910 being West Virginia, Jarvis’ home state. In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed the proclamation creating Mother’s Day, the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.

In honor of this Mother's Day, we call attention to the Jewish mother. The list below was recently published in Buzzfeed. Keep in mind that these items aren't just true about Jewish mothers; many of the items apply to all moms (with the common themes being nourishment, worry, feelings of nostalgia, and guilt)! Below, we will share 18 items from the list of 35. Enjoy!

You were raised by a Jewish mother if:

1. You know to always bring a jacket no matter what the temperature is.

2. You and your friends were always well fed.

3. She asks, “Are you eating?” every time you talk on the phone.Also, she wants to know what you want to eat when you come home. In a month.

4. She has the best recipe for brisket, all others be damned.

5. Every phone conversation is also about what you need to do with your life. (Never mind that you’re doing just fine.)

6. Twenty years later, she’s still talking about your Bar or Bat Mitzvah on a regular basis.

7. If you tell your mom you’re sick, the entire family will know within the hour.

8. You’re no stranger to frantic “are you OK?” texts. That’s if she’s figured out how to text. She’s not great with new technology.

9. If you don’t call back immediately, you’re going to get guilt. She knows you’re busy, she just worries.

10. She wants to know if what you’re doing is safe. If it’s not safe, she’ll kill you.

11. You come in wearing a vintage ripped T-shirt, and she says, “What is this shmata (rag)?”

12. She reminds you how much your people have been through.

13. She doesn’t need you to pick her up at the airport. She’ll take a taxi. Don’t worry. (Hint: You HAVE to pick her up.) Now that you’ve picked her up, you’re driving too fast.

14. You know that anything bad you do is “killing your mother.” Or anything you do at all, really.

15. You accept that she has the ultimate trump card in arguments: guilt.

16. She mixes in a few Yiddish words here and there. When you are eating too much junk food, she complains about all the "chazerai" (junk, garbage, junk food) and often feels "verklempt" (overcome with emotion).

17. If you share this list with your mom, she’ll say, “But I’m not like this, right?” Just smile and nod.

18. She always tells you you can’t get mad at her for caring too much. And you can’t, really, because she’s the absolute best. Thanks, Mom.

To all the mother's out there: Happy Mother's Day!

Adult children: Why not buy your mom a membership at the J or purchase a gift card to her favorite store from the J. These are great ways to show you care while supporting a place you love!

 

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