What does the phrase for being a mother in Israel mean?
But since she would not indulge his
conjugal sentiments unduly he was grateful that at least the
pursuit of Perfection left her little time to investigate his
private affairs; so that, on the whole, the marriage was accounted
a happy one, and the four children born of it were taught to revere
both parents, though for different reasons. Grandma, of course,
was revered for being a mother in Israel; Grandpa for having once
made a successful real estate deal, and for being the best Fourth
of July orator anywhere in Drake County.
(Edith Wharton - Hudson River Bracketed)
Maybe I should add that Grandma is very religious ...