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Yom ha-Ém (30 Shəvat)

This is an archive of prayers composed for, or relevant to, יוֹם הָאֵם Yom ha-Ém (“Mothers’ Day”). The unofficial civic day was originally set on the yahrẓeit of Henrietta Szold (21 December 1860 – 13 February 1945). Although Szold had no biological children, Szold championed children’s rights and her organization Youth Aliyah rescued many Jewish children from Nazi Germany and provided for them. For this, she is remembered as the “mother” of all those children. Over the last seventy years, Yom ha-Ém developed into a celebration of familial affection, more often simply called יוֹם הַמִשְּפָּחָה (Yom ha-Mishpaḥah, Family Day) and celebrated on the 13th of Shevat. This day is mainly observed in preschools and kindergartens with a program or activity to which parents are invited.

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שֵׁשׁ אִמָּהוֹת | Shesh Imahot (Six Matriarchs) — Sarah, Rivqah, Raḥel, Leah, Bilhah, and Zilpah, as found in rabbinic sources

תפילה למעמד המשותף | أغنية الحياة والسلام | Prayer of Mothers for Life and Peace, by Sheikha Ibtisam Maḥameed & Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum

א תְּחִנָה פאר א שׂטיףּ מוטער | A Tkhine for a Stepmother (from Shas Tkhine Ḥadashah, 1922)

For All Mothers, a prayer by Rev. Walter Rauschenbusch adapted by Rabbi Morris Lazaron (1918)

Andachtsübung einer Mutter | Devotional exercise of a mother, a teḥinah by Yehoshua Heshil Miro (1829)

Gebet einer Stiefmutter | Prayer of a stepmother, a teḥinah by Yehoshua Heshil Miro (1829)