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10 Yiddish Sayings about Jewish Mothers

May 11, 2017 | by Dr. Yvette Alt Miller

Great lines to share on mother’s day.

The Yiddish language is full of wonderfully expressive sayings and many of these adages include wise words about the value of mothers. As the famous Yiddish song A Yiddishe Mama says, A Yiddishe mama, es gibt nisht besser oif der velt – A Jewish mother, it doesn’t get better on this earth.

Here are 10 beautiful sayings about mothers and motherhood, culled from a thousand years of Yiddish insight and wisdom.

A shlechteh mameh iz nitto. “There is no such thing as a bad mother.”

Yedeh mutter denkt ir kind iz shain. “Every mother thinks her child is beautiful.”

A mame hot oygen fun gloz. “A mother’s love is blind.” Literally: A mother has eyes of glass.

Mames farshteyen vos kinder zogen nisht. “Mothers understand what their children cannot say.”

Di varemsteh bet is di mames. “The warmest bed is mother’s.”

A mame muz hobn a groyse fartekh di khesroynes fun di kinder tsu fardekn. “A mother must have a large apron to cover up her children’s faults.”

Vos a kind zol nit der’raiden vet di muter im farshtain. “Whatever a child babbles, its mother will understand.”

Got hot nit gekent zayn umetum, hot er beshafn mames. “God couldn’t be everywhere, so He created mothers.”

Kinder un gelt iz a sheyne velt. “Children and money make a beautiful world.”

Ein mama dergreykht mer vi a hundert lerers. “One mother achieves more than a hundred teachers.”

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