ma'ase avot siman lebanim


  • sent. 'The forefathers' actions/stories are a sign to their children'; what has happened in the past signals what will happen in the future.

Example Sentences

  • "What happened with Saddam reminds me of Saul and the Amalekites—ma'asey avot siman le-vanim." (Glinert)

  • "Only later, when Avraham returned from Egypt, the Cna'anim were joined by the Prizi...Perhaps it is Ma'ase Avot Siman Lebanim - Only when we started returning did the Arabs start immigrating in greater numbers than us" (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • מעשה אבות סימן לבנים, lit. 'the story/action of fathers is a sign for the children'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


      • North America


      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

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