It’s the most wonderful time of the year – la la la!  Yes, the Mensch on the Bench is in stock and available for purchase.  This is a big deal, since the only way you could get him before was to pre-order.   And, I want more!

Why write this now?  It is simply because the Mensch makes me smile.  He is such a cutesy little guy, in a Rabbinical kind of way.   And, I wanted to let all of the Chanukah folks, and others, know about the joy he brings.   Just like some people like to listen to Christmas songs in July, I want to write about Chanukah in June.  It makes me happy!

What in heavens name is a Mensch?? For those of you who don’t know, and according to the best definition I have found, which is from About.Com Judaism:  Mensch (מענטש) a Yiddish word that means "a person of integrity." A mensch is someone who is responsible, has a sense of right and wrong and is the sort of person other people look up to. In English the word has come to mean "a good guy."  That fits Moshe (yes he has a name) the Mensch on a Bench perfectly.   

Who came up with the idea?  Moshe is the brainchild of Neal Hoffman, the husband of a P&G colleague, which is how I came to know about the little guy.  Neal designed the Mensch to be the Jewish Chanukah “friend” like Elf on Shelf is the “friend” for kids who celebrate Christmas.   Through Moshe the Mensch, Neal has introduced a new family Chanukah tradition.  Goodnesss knows when the last time that happened – think prune filling for holiday pastry, which was the last big idea. Along with eating the infamous prune pastry, latkes, spinning the dreidel and lighting the Chanukah candles on the Menorah, the Mensch has found a place with many families during the holiday.  Mine, as well, of course!

David Krumholtz and Moshe 

 Mensch and Neal

Of course the Dragonfly Foundation needs Moshe as part of its holiday celebration!  More Chanukah joy will be spread to the Dragonfly Foundation, as they will receive Mensch’s this year too. “ The Dragonfly Foundation provides distractions from the emotional, physical, and financial toll of cancer and bone marrow transplants. They also work to establish connections at a time when patients, siblings and caregivers feel the most alone and isolated. Through their efforts, numerous Dragonflies have been distracted from the physical and emotional pain of treatment, as well as the post-traumatic stress associated with the diagnosis of a serious illness.”  There is no doubt that Moshe the Mensch will bring many smiles to kids, ill or well, no matter what holiday they celebrate.  

Sharing the holidays!


** In no way am I being compensated for talking about the Mensch or the Dragonfly Foundation.  In fact, I should pay them for the joy of having my own Moshe (which actually I did) and for being associated with such a wonderful cause like the Dragonfly Foundation, which I am very proud to support.  

Want to know more:

 Max and Moshe

Max and Moshe

Moshe giving Max a treat!

Moshe giving Max a treat

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