When did it become acceptable -- heck, admirable -- for people to shout hateful, ugly words at other people, simply because they disagree on politics, or religion, or love, or ... well, you name it.
Whatever happened to manners? We don't have to agree, but can't we get along? Can't we at least be civil?
In my ever-optimistic hope that we can, I'm devoting this week's CI blogs to one piece of Jewish momma advice: Be a mensch.
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a mensch is a person of integrity and honor.
According to the Urban Dictionary, a mensch is an upstanding, worthy, honorable adult person of either sex.
According to My Jewish Learning, a mensch is literally "man," an honorable, decent, stand-up person, as in, "I don't care who you marry, as long as he's a mensch."
Let's start the week by agreeing on our own definition. I'll start the discussion -- I hope you'll share your ideas/definitions. I'm going to say: A mensch is a decent, honorable, thoughtful human being who demonstrates care and concern about other human beings.
Throughout the week, I'll give you examples of mensches -- along with easy ways you can be a mensch. And, if all goes as planned, we'll wrap it up with a Mensch Manifesto on Friday.
Now, go have a great week! Be a trendsetter. Be a mensch.