Biblical Archaeology Review 26:2, March/April 2000

First Person: To SBL: Be a Mentsch

By Hershel Shanks

“Mentsch” is one of those Yiddish words that has found its way into English. It means a decent human being, someone who is generous, who does not overreach. Leo Rosten says it refers to someone who has “a sense of what is right, responsible, decorous.”a

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