What is the source of the phrase "a sach yiddishe nachas" ?

Why specify 'jewish' ?

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    As Avrohom Yitzchok in his answer points out, we want Yiddische nachas. The Lubavitcher Rebbe (Igros Kodesh, ד (תשי"א)) wrote for example that we want to see our childeren educated the Jewish way. With Torah etc... That is why we say Yiddishe Nachas.
    – Shmuel
    Commented Jan 7 at 20:41
  • I just saw judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/75427/… which looks like the original - this is therefore a dupe. Commented Jan 8 at 15:41
  • @AvrohomYitzchok I'm looking for a source. That doesn't address it.
    – Shababnik
    Commented Jan 8 at 16:24

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Beraishis 36 (13) shows that Nachas was a grandson of Eisav and son of Reuel.

יג וְאֵלֶּה בְּנֵי רְעוּאֵל נַחַת וָזֶרַח שַׁמָּה וּמִזָּה אֵלֶּה הָיוּ בְּנֵי בָשְׂמַת אֵשֶׁת עֵשָֽׂו:

13 And these are the sons of Reuel: Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah. These are the sons of Basemath, the wife of Esau.

While we wish for nachas, we don't want a grandson of Eisav and so we want “yiddishe nachas”.

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    Do you know that this is the reason?
    – magicker72
    Commented Jan 7 at 13:18
  • Is this your own chiddush, because i LOVE it!
    – The Targum
    Commented Jan 7 at 20:20
  • @magicker72 Do I "know"? That is what I have been told many times and it seems reasonable. But I have not seen it quoted anywhere. Have lots of yiddishe nachas!! Commented Jan 8 at 15:39

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