Are You a Mensch?

Dr. Jonas Salk was a mensch (photo by Yousuf Karsh).

In Jewish culture, there is no greater honor than being called a mensch. A mensch is kind and decent, humble and empathetic. A mensch is a person of integrity, someone who does the right thing regardless of consequences. Growing up in a Jewish household, I often heard my parents implore me to “be a mensch.” They challenged me to do the right thing, to be a stand-up guy even if it meant going out of my comfort zone.

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Loren Kantor

Loren Kantor

Loren is a writer and woodcut artist based in Los Angeles. He teaches printmaking and creative writing to kids and adults.