Jewish Mothers

Myrna A. Hant


Jewish Mothers are not just mothers who happen to be Jewish but a stereotypical representation of motherhood with such recognizable traits that the sobriquet can be applied to mothers who are not even Jewish. The characteristics of this type of mother have developed from a unique history of persecution and migration. The proliferation of literature and media representations has been the catalyst for the prevalence of the stereotype during the 20th and 21st centuries. Numerous explanations are promulgated as to why the Jewish Mother is originally created and the reasons for her widespread popularity and longevity.

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