"Mother" in Biblical Hebrew
Referring to the female parent, the Hebrew word אם (aim) is first used of Eve. Eve is recognized as the mother (aim) of all the living (Gen. 3.20). In a broader context אם can be used figuratively of  a city to its inhabitants (cf. Isa 50:1; Ezek 16:44; Hos 2:2)

Noteworthy Usage In Old Testament

Some interesting usages of this word and its derivatives:
  • First Occurrence: Genesis 2:24 "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh."
  • Honor was given to both parents. It is the only commandment in the Decalogue with an explicit promise: Exodus 20:12 " Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you." 
  • Striking Father or Mother was punishable by death by the Hebrews, Exodus 21:15 " And he who strikes his father or his mother shall surely be put to death."
  • God promises to comfort Israel in her distress as a mother, Isaiah 66:13 "As one whom his mother comforts, So I will comfort you; And you shall be comforted in Jerusalem."
  • Last Occurrence: Micah 7:6  "For son dishonors father, Daughter rises against her mother, Daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; A man's enemies are the men of his own household."

Mnemonics to Remember "Brother" in Hebrew
Find a "sound-alike" for the word אם (aim). For myself, an English "sound-alike" is "aim"  So I picture in my imagination my mother aiming and shooting an assault rifle.  Find your own unique "sound-alike" for this word and then associate the English "sound-alike" to the Hebrew definition.

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