Forward Thinking

Your Jewish Mother in Six Words

By Naomi Zeveloff

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What if you had to sum up your feelings about your mother in six words? That’s right, exactly six words. No more, no less.

We know, some famous writers take hundreds of pages to work out their mommy issues. But the Forward’s challenge to you, dear readers, is to capture your Jewish mom in a simple six. Consider it the shortest, sweetest Mother’s Day present you could give your yiddishe momme.

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The mother of all Jewish mothers, Molly Picon.

The Forward is partnering with Larry Smith, editor of SMITH Magazine, home of the Six-Word Memoir®, in our Mother’s Day challenge. 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 smithmag.net/jewish.

Mom and God had boundary issues.
— Marty Kaplan

Cooking chicken soup stirs mother memories.
— Carol Smith

Saying Kaddish. Missing you. Remembering. Remembering.
— Debra Darvick

SMITH Magazine may contact you about inclusion of your Six Words in a future book or other media project.


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