Sep 14, 2009

The Ivrita Ima.

What used to be coined The Yiddishe Momma, is now being recoined (yeah, by me) as the Ivrita Momma, as Israel is becoming the dominant Jewish community in the world, with Hebrew becoming the dominant Jewish language. heck, even the Neturei Karta is using less Yiddish nowadays and more Hebrew..

Here is a modern day example of The Ivrita Momma. Wait - maybe that should be The Ivrita Ima.
Malul, formerly a commander in the Kfir Brigade, is accused of hitting a Palestinian Authority Arab in September 2008 while pursuing two terrorists who had recently fired on Jewish civilians in Samaria. Malul and subordinates who were present say the blows were necessary in order to complete the operation
Malul's mother Ruti was present at the trial as well. Following Shamni's testimony, Ruti Malul slammed the Major-General. “This is a disgrace. This Major-General is completely out of touch with reality.”

Malul deserves better treatment after his long and dangerous army service, Ruti Malul told reporters at the trial. “He gave five years of his life, and to who? And is this what I deserve as a mother? For five years I haven't slept, three times he was almost killed in combat, why do I deserve this?”

Ruti Malul has written to ministers and members of Knesset asking them to intervene on her son's behalf. In the letter, Malul criticized the IDF for putting her son in jail for months based on testimony from a single soldier. She also slammed Shamni for “blatantly interfering” with Malul's trial by reprimanding Virov.

"I ask you to speak out as national leaders... to cancel the indictment against my son, and to bring the situation he faced up for discussion in the government, in the Knesset, in the Foreign Affairs and Defense committee, to discuss the implications for the present and the future,” she concluded.

This is The Ivrita Ima


  1. Hey don't forget us chareidim in chul, some of us still speak Yiddish, and some of our schools still teach in Yiddish. It ain't dead yet.

  2. nobody said it is dead. in fact, yiddish is experiencing a revival of sorts right now. But still, Hebrew has become far more dominant....

  3. I love how she personalizes her son's trial: "And is this what I deserve as a mother?"
    I wonder why the Major-General's mother didn't speak up to defend HER son? ( :

  4. "with Hebrew becoming the dominant Jewish language"

    well did you catch the recent post on hirhurim that questions hebrew instruction in day schools?

  5. I did not. will have to look for it

  6. Actually in hebrew that would be called an Ima Polania (Polish mother, by which they mean an Askenazi one).


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