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    Ok i know that some people will say this was a holiday invented by florists and the greeting card industry but this is a beautiful holiday that is centered on one thing Hakaros Hatov, taking the time once a year to show our appreciation to our mothers, there is no way we can pay back our parents for all they have done for us let us take this opportunity to show our love and give our mothers the thanks they deserve.

    Happy Mothers day to all the cr moms.


    this was a holiday invented by florists and the greeting card industry


    lol mod 80


    Thanks, Goq. Even though halacha mandates that every day is mother’s (and father’s)day, it’s nice that kids are actually “forced” to stop what they are doing and THINK about what that concept means, at least once a year. And yeah, it was invented by the florists and greeting card industry. Very smart of them, no?


    we need mothers day so that i can buy my mil 4 gifts and be told none of them fit. then i tell her i will get larger sizes and she says, get me a blouse to go with a brown skirt instead. i say ok. later she tells me i must have bought her gifts in the junior department . as if i dont know where i am shopping.


    always here

    thanks, Goq! awaiting cheese danishes or cheesecake from my appreciative kids… yeah, rite! 😉

    they do appreciate me, but I think my DH has convinced them that ‘everyday is Mother’s Day’. altho’ they all did call me 🙂


    btw, did get a beautiful breakfast delivered on behalf of hubby and kids. want to make sure i post the good stuff too.

    also going out with them later this eve.

    b”h for that.


    “this was a holiday invented by florists and the greeting card industry “

    This is incorrect. The idea came from Ann Jarvis and Julia Ward Howe, I think independently, shortly after the Civil War. Howe is better known as the author of the lyrics of the famous Civil War song, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”. (Surprisingly given the Christological references in the lyrics, Howe was a Unitarian.) They were both social activists who hoped that a holiday would help improve the status of women.

    Both Jarvis and Howe were deceased by the time the official Mother’s Day proclamation was issued by Woodrow Wilson, but Jarvis daughter Anna Jarvis, who had campaigned for the holiday, spent the rest of her life campaigning against the commercialization of the holiday by the greeting card industry.


    The original 1870 Mother’s Day Proclamation written by Julia War Howe:

    Arise then…women of this day!

    Arise, all women who have hearts!

    Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!

    Say firmly:

    “We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,

    Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,

    For caresses and applause.

    Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn

    All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.

    We, the women of one country,

    Will be too tender of those of another country

    To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”

    From the bosom of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with

    Our own. It says: “Disarm! Disarm!

    The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.”

    Blood does not wipe out dishonor,

    Nor violence indicate possession.

    As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil

    At the summons of war,

    Let women now leave all that may be left of home

    For a great and earnest day of counsel.

    Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.

    Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means

    Whereby the great human family can live in peace…

    Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,

    But of God –

    In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask

    That a general congress of women without limit of nationality,

    May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient

    And the earliest period consistent with its objects,

    To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,

    The amicable settlement of international questions,

    The great and general interests of peace.


    “M is for the Many things you gave me,

    O is for the Other things you gave me,

    T is for the Things you gave me,

    H is for the Hundreds of things you gave me,

    E is for Everything you gave me,

    R is for the Rest of things you gave me,

    Put them all together and they spell, ‘Mother,”…

    whom I call every Mother’s Day and tell her that I love her too much to sing this to her.

    always here

    LOL, ursula!! 😉


    Mothers day is special because WE are honored for being mothers. And we are joined together with our daughters, daughters-in-law, mothers, mothers-in-law and all other mothers in a unique understanding that anyone who is NOT a mother does not understand.


    Why in secular culture is Mother’s Day such a big deal, but Father’s Day is not nearly as big a deal?


    I’m also a fan of Madeline Kahn. 🙂

    always here

    thank you to my older daughter & grandbebes for the visit, blueberry pancakes, & beautiful tulips!! 🙂


    @haifagirl: and my mother even gave ME a scarf!


    and i thought that Mothers day was invented by Yom Tov Ehrlich when he sang his song about Matan Torah.

    then it was reinforced by Avraham Fried when he sang the song again.

    i am sooooo suprised to hear that this Yom Tov was around before Yom Tov Ehrlich.

    maybe someone here is making a mistake??!!

    BTW, when is Mothers day??

    jewish unity

    Pacman- the answer to your question comes from Chazal. When talking about kibbud av v’em it mentions the father first and when talking about morah av v’em it mentions the mother first. Why? Because a person’s natural inclination is to fear your father more and respect/honor your mother more. So the Torah mentioned the opposite one first to teach us to work harder on it since its not natural. And thats the reason the goyim celebrate mothers day more….we naturally honor our mothers more (and who celebrates a day honoring someone they’re scared of?)

    jewish unity

    I was just kidding about that last point for those who take things too seriously in here


    Happy Mothers Day bump.

    Dear Mom A”H I miss you everyday and love you always.


    me too. Hi ma!!!!


    Hope “Mommy” (the famous) isn’t looking.. But if she does…

    I don’t need any secular occasion, holiday to thank her. And I don’t think I can adequately thank her or show my appreciation to her in a mere pithy post. I (like everyone born of woman) actually owe my very being, existence to her. She nurtured, cared, soothed, fed (hard job) and cleaned little (and big) me. She taught (yes, she was my 1st grade teacher too), disciplined, guided and directed me in the right path of life, of morals, proper values and conduct. She exhibited a great measure of patience and inner strength in my upbringing, my chinuch, I wasn’t the regular run-of-the-mill child. Taming me was not an easy feat(some here would say I’m still not..)

    So no, there is no words to say


    oh, and Happy Birthday…


    I only wish with all my heart that my mom AND my dad aleihem haShalom, were still here with me. I could never adequately express to my parents how much I love, value, and appreciate them, especially now that I have been a Bubby for several years. I have developed a whole new respect for how absolutely amazing they were.

    My mother was a generous, selfless, loving mom, daughter, sister, Aunt, and Bubby extraordinaire! She had a simchas hachayim that continued through some of her darkest and saddest days. And she taught me everything that is good in me, and is not responsible for anything that might not be, chalilah. I am profoundly grateful to Hashem for the brocha of the parents that He gave me for 42 years. I can only try to emulate them. They are a tough act to follow.

    Happy Mother’s Day ro my fellow Moms in the CR. While it is true that Yidden have an obligation for every day to be parents’ day,it’s still nice to be extra pampered, so soon after Pesach!!!!


    Oh, yes, she did peek.

    Luckily she has no screen name. She doesn’t even post here. (wonder why) Otherwise she’d let the world know of her ‘experience’…


    The Goq™ and oomis, your posts almost made me cry. I really must appreciate my mother (and father) while I still can. thanks for the mussar shmoze!



    SIDI, I didn’t mean to give mussar, but if you took something good out of it, then I’m glad. Have some Kleenex. On me.


    SiDi: I’ve heard of a special time to Daven for the longevity of parents – when one goes outside during Yizkor.

    Instead of wasting time in shmoozing and frivolity, use the time wisely, thank HaShem for the fact that you’re is outside! And be mispalel for the future, so that it should continue that way! ????? ?? ???? ???? ?? ????.


    TY Sidi.


    lf- thanks for sharing that idea and advice


    So when does it come out? Is it Nidche because of Shabbos or in order to come out on Tuesday? Do you have seven days to be Mashlim the offering? Do we say Chag Ha’ima Hazeh or Hazu or Hazos?


    LF what a great idea! I wish I could still do that.


    Little Froggie, that is a very nice idea. Remind me before Shavuos!

    And Little Froggie, you’re such a ZeesKite!



    And Little Froggie, you’re such a ZeesKite!


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