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?