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Mensch (Yiddish: מענטש‎ mentsh, cognate with the German word Mensch meaning a "human being") means "a person of integrity and honor".[1] The opposite of a "mensch" is an "unmensch", meaning an utterly unlikeable or unfriendly person. According to Leo Rosten, the Yiddish
Yiddish
maven and author of The Joys of Yiddish, a "mensch" is "someone to admire and emulate, someone of noble character. The key to being 'a real mensch' is nothing less than character, rectitude, dignity, a sense of what is right, responsible, decorous."[2] The term is used as a high compliment, implying the rarity and value of that individual's qualities.

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1 Details 2 Mensch on the Bench 3 See also 4 References

Details[edit] In Yiddish, mentsh roughly means "a good person".[3][4][5] The word has migrated as a loanword into American English, where a "mensch" is a particularly good person, similar to a "stand-up guy", a person with the qualities one would hope for in a friend or trusted colleague.[6] Mentshlekhkeyt ( Yiddish
Yiddish
מענטשלעכקייט, German Menschlichkeit) refers to the properties which make a person a "mensch". During the Age of Enlightenment, in Germany the term Humanität, in the philosophical sense of "compassion", was used in Humanism
Humanism
to describe what characterizes a "better human being". The concept goes back to Cicero's humanitas, which was literally translated as Menschlichkeit in German, from which the Yiddish
Yiddish
word mentsh derives. Mensch on the Bench[edit] "The Mensch on the Bench," is a book and doll set created by Jewish father and former Hasbro
Hasbro
Toys marketing executive, Neal Hoffman, in an effort to teach his sons about the Jewish holiday Hanukkah, all while adding a new tradition to his family. The doll is a stuffed toy that looks a bit like a rabbi or a Hasidic
Hasidic
Jew and is named Moshe. The accompanying book tells the story of Moshe the Mensch who helped Judah Maccabee at the temple by keeping the Shamash candle lit and by watching over the menorah and remaining oil during Hanukkah
Hanukkah
for eight days - when there was only enough oil left for one day. Moshe played the dreidel, loved coins made of candy called Gelt, and was a true mensch to the children and their families during this difficult time. See also[edit]

Look up mensch or Mensch in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.

Übermensch Untermensch Gutmensch

References[edit]

^ Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary ^ How to Be a Mensch Archived 2008-10-19 at the Wayback Machine.[self-published source?] ^ "Israel's Mensch on the Bench mascot at World Baseball Classic," Newsday. ^ "Israel's World Baseball Classic mascot: Mensch on a Bench," Yahoo. ^ "With Mensch on Bench, Israel ready for Classic," mlb.com.

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