Naches is Yiddish for pride or joy in the accomplishment of one’s children. Family for many is at the root of the Jewish experience and naches is for some the ultimate expression of raising the next generation with meaning and purpose and feeling (appropriate) pride at achieving such.
This is not a fleeting moment of pride associated with getting into a good school, crushing the long ball in a high school game or a stellar musical recital. Etymologically naches means calm, tranquility or peace from the verb ‘nach’ meaning to rest or put down. For what is better than the peace of mind at one’s own accomplishments than to experience the deep and truly heartfelt bliss that all your efforts have secured not simply you a good life, but those you care most deeply for as well.