A generation ago, the Reform movement took a big step when it added “mothers” to the daily prayer in which we acknowledge the role of our “father.” In its historical context, the passage refers to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the profound moral and spiritual role they played in the early development of Judaism. The prayer suggests that we “ride on their coattails” as God is all the more inclined to be gracious to us because of the worthy Patriarchs who came before us.
But there were those who asked: “what about our matriarchs?” What about the role that our mothers have played in our lives, and continue to play, whether they are still alive or have passed on?
As we are about to celebrate Mother’s Day, we all know that it is about much more than picking out the right card, or picking a gift that per chance our mother or wife will “really” like. But what we can be certain of is that our mothers want to feel appreciated, and that they have influenced us for the good. They want to know that we are better people because of the mother who has nurtured, raised and protected us.
“You shall revere your mother…….” says the Torah. In fact, we are told that holiness begins with the reverence that we show to our mothers so let me share a few insightful quotes that I find especially meaningful. I trust that not only our mothers will understand the wisdom and the truths that these passages convey.
* “God could not be everywhere, and therefore He made mothers.”
* “Men are what their mothers made them.”
* “Only mothers can think of the future — because they give birth to it in their children.”
* “The real religion of the world comes from mothers… who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms.”
Thank you mothers for the blessings you bestow upon us. They remain with us forever.