According to Leo Rosten, the Yiddish maven and author of The Joys of Yiddish, the definition of a “mensch” is:
“ someone to admire and emulate, someone of noble character. The key to being ‘a real mensch’ is nothing less than character, rectitude, dignity, a sense of what is right, responsible, decorous .”
The term is used as a high compliment, implying the rarity and value of an individual’s qualities.
At Herzlia, the qualities of Menschlichkeit are instilled from day one through our core values and education programme. We hope that by the time our pupils reach the end of matric, they will not only be well educated and steeped in our traditions and culture, but also respectful, decent and upstanding young adults, of whom we can all be proud.
Most of all, we would like our pupils to be menschen and to live their lives through the Jewish values, which Herzlia holds dear.
- Respect – Kavod
- Kindness – Chesed
- Gratitude – Hakarat HaTov
- Humility – Anavah
- Compassion – Rachamim
- Decency – Derech Eretz
- Integrity- Yashrut
- Responsibility – Achrayut
- Positivity – Lev Tov
- Resilience – Koach
An old Yiddish proverb states: With good manners, you can open any door.