Six Words on the Jewish Mother

What Do You Love Most About Your Mom?

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Published April 13, 2013.

There is no figure more evocative than the Jewish mother. She makes you chicken soup when you’re sick, asks you if you’re still hungry an hour after a big meal and tries to set you up with all of her friends’ kids. We all have a story about her. Now, we want to find out what she means to you — in exactly six words.

The Forward is partnering with Larry Smith, editor of SMITH Magazine, home of the Six-Word Memoir®, to celebrate Mother’s Day. Submit your six-word memoir on your mother or grandmother below before April 24th. Larry and the Forward staff will pick our 12 favorites and publish them in the Forward for Mother’s Day. Those people will receive a copy of the new book “Oy! Only Six? Why Not More? Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish Life,” published in collaboration with the Jewish cultural mavens at Reboot. We’ll also print another six from noted members of the Jewish community.

For inspiration, here are a few examples about Jewish moms culled from SMITH Magazine’s library of six-word memoirs. For more examples check out

Mom: “Jewish boys don’t play football.”
— Michael Areinoff

See, Mom, I’m a doctor. (Ph.D.)
— Jerry Heyman

Yes, I’m wearing a sweater, Mom.
— Mikey Franklin

Mother, our lady of perpetual dissatisfaction.
— Jennifer Glick

Secular mother, orthodox schools, reform rabbi.
— Rabbi Ruth

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