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Are you a Mensch?

According to Harold Kushner:

A mensch is the kind of person God had in mind when He arranged for human beings to evolve.  A mensch is someone who

  • is honest,
  • is reliable,
  • is wise enough to be no longer naïve but not yet cynical,
  • is a person you can trust to give you advice for your benefit rather than his or her own,
  • acts not out of fear but out of a strong inner conviction of who he or she is and what he or she stands for,
  • is not a saint or a perfect person but a person from whom all falsehood and all selfishness have been burned away so that only a pure self remains.

So, are you a mensch?  Should you be?


Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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