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Who doesn’t want to be a mensch? Someone who exudes kindness, integrity, and honor. The type of person who knows what to say when a friend’s loved one passes away or how to react with empathy and grace when someone at work is being a total schmuck. The kind of person your bubbie or grandma would be proud of. Getting into the mensch mindset takes practice. But simple shifts Who doesn’t want to be a mensch? Someone who exudes kindness, integrity, and honor. The type of person who knows what to say when a friend’s loved one passes away or how to react with empathy and grace when someone at work is being a total schmuck. The kind of person your bubbie or grandma would be proud of. Getting into the mensch mindset takes practice. But simple shifts in your approach to everyday interactions can help you find your inner mensch, revitalizing and strengthening your personal and professional relationships and the values you pass on to your family. A collection of humorous stories and practical advice—sprinkled with a healthy dose of Yiddish humor—Be a Mensch shows how to incorporate kindness into your daily life and help others through difficult situations. It challenges you to get off your tuches and get involved, not only to help others but to improve your own life too.


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Who doesn’t want to be a mensch? Someone who exudes kindness, integrity, and honor. The type of person who knows what to say when a friend’s loved one passes away or how to react with empathy and grace when someone at work is being a total schmuck. The kind of person your bubbie or grandma would be proud of. Getting into the mensch mindset takes practice. But simple shifts Who doesn’t want to be a mensch? Someone who exudes kindness, integrity, and honor. The type of person who knows what to say when a friend’s loved one passes away or how to react with empathy and grace when someone at work is being a total schmuck. The kind of person your bubbie or grandma would be proud of. Getting into the mensch mindset takes practice. But simple shifts in your approach to everyday interactions can help you find your inner mensch, revitalizing and strengthening your personal and professional relationships and the values you pass on to your family. A collection of humorous stories and practical advice—sprinkled with a healthy dose of Yiddish humor—Be a Mensch shows how to incorporate kindness into your daily life and help others through difficult situations. It challenges you to get off your tuches and get involved, not only to help others but to improve your own life too.

30 review for Be a Mensch: Unleash Your Power to Be Kind and Help Others

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    The moment I saw the title, “Be a Mensch”, I knew this book was going to make me smile. Elisa Udaskin proved me right in delivering an inclusive, warm-hearted guide to living a joyful, healthy and longer, fulfilling life....just by learning ways to practice kindness no matter who we are or what we have. The book, with good humour, gives us tips that no one is too young or too old to appreciate and enact. From a simple private message of support to offering time, meals and more, Elisa shows us EVE The moment I saw the title, “Be a Mensch”, I knew this book was going to make me smile. Elisa Udaskin proved me right in delivering an inclusive, warm-hearted guide to living a joyful, healthy and longer, fulfilling life....just by learning ways to practice kindness no matter who we are or what we have. The book, with good humour, gives us tips that no one is too young or too old to appreciate and enact. From a simple private message of support to offering time, meals and more, Elisa shows us EVERY HUMAN needs and deserves kindness and we all have the power to give the gift to one another and ourselves. Having grown up in the same Jewish culture as the author, I appreciated and laughed with the Yiddish words and familiar family dynamics but being a “mensch”, as the book shows, is universal. Kindness speaks in every tongue. This book not only talks the talk; read it and let it inspire you to walk the walk. Nu? What are you waiting for already? :) Tracey Kumer Toronto, Canada

  2. 4 out of 5

    Niel (Thelectorem)

    • Mensch /Men(t)SCH/ n. A person of integrity or honor. “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” – Scott Adams What does it take to be a kind person? NOTHING! We don't have to pay taxes for being kind neither it's against any law. Kindness doesn't discriminate against any religion, culture, color, or social status; indeed, it connects us all with the purest and honest bond that exists: Humanity! And that's what this book is all abo • Mensch /Men(t)SCH/ n. A person of integrity or honor. “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” – Scott Adams What does it take to be a kind person? NOTHING! We don't have to pay taxes for being kind neither it's against any law. Kindness doesn't discriminate against any religion, culture, color, or social status; indeed, it connects us all with the purest and honest bond that exists: Humanity! And that's what this book is all about. Alisa Udaskin's book ‘Be A Mensch’ inspires us to be more kind and empathetic by teaching different ways to incorporate kindness in our daily life and help others through difficult situations. Through its different chapters, this book presents different situations and circumstances when we can choose to be kind and serve our share in people's lives—even if they are people we may not know. It's about those random acts of kindness when we just do what feels RIGHT for us. No matter if it's helping an elderly or specially-abled person to cross the road, feeding food to the ones in need, or just doing something little to make a difference in someone's life— the author brilliantly elucidates how it can have a huge impact on others. It's about the words we use and the behaviors we choose when we see someone going through something difficult. It's about not ignoring them but to put ourselves in their shoes to be more sympathetic toward them. Through her presented stories from her life, the author covered many situations we could relate to. It motivates parents to teach their children to be more kind, empathetic, and helpful to others. It teaches us how we can contribute our part in someone's loss and pay our condolences and It teaches us how to act in situations when we lose our shit because of people. It's just a simple book with a simple message of kindness and some very cool Yiddish words that she has used in this book. If nothing more, then this book will give you enough perspectives to think about and help you to unleash that 'Mensch' within you.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Margarida (mbooksbycandlelight)

    I really liked the premise of this book and I think it does a good job of encouraging people to be kind and to step out of their comfort zone to be kinder. Sometimes I had a hard time relating to what the author was saying and how she and her family behaved because I am very much an introvert and they were all very extroverted people. Also, I feel like the target audience for this book is probably older adults because there were a lot of mentions about what and how children learn, and about work I really liked the premise of this book and I think it does a good job of encouraging people to be kind and to step out of their comfort zone to be kinder. Sometimes I had a hard time relating to what the author was saying and how she and her family behaved because I am very much an introvert and they were all very extroverted people. Also, I feel like the target audience for this book is probably older adults because there were a lot of mentions about what and how children learn, and about work life and work experiences. That advice didn’t really apply to me. The book also spoke a lot about funerals and helping people who lose loved ones which I also haven’t had much experience with. I loved all the foreign language bits and references. I thought they made the book more unique. I also like how much the author referenced her own personal experiences instead of giving hypothetical made up examples. It made the reading experience more personal. Overall, a nice little book with good advice. I received an eArk via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Zee Monodee

    Enjoyed this one - it has good advice and encourages a community style of living, where cooperation and care are primary concerns. However, I'd be wary of this advice a little because it could tend to make a person go overboard in their efforts (there seems to be a serious lack of consideration for the 'recipient's' wishes in the scenarios highlighted or spelled out here. So take the advice - it's good! - but be careful before acting out on it and do weigh the pros and the cons (and maybe dial t Enjoyed this one - it has good advice and encourages a community style of living, where cooperation and care are primary concerns. However, I'd be wary of this advice a little because it could tend to make a person go overboard in their efforts (there seems to be a serious lack of consideration for the 'recipient's' wishes in the scenarios highlighted or spelled out here. So take the advice - it's good! - but be careful before acting out on it and do weigh the pros and the cons (and maybe dial the enthusiasm down a bit, too, especially the first time you're approaching someone? Not everyone wants to talk or have food thrust upon them, for example)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Dutton

    This is not a treatise by any means. It is simply a short book about being a mensch - a good person. There are many examples of ways to be a good person when others are experiencing losses and are undergoing other complicated life issues. It’s never to late to be a good person, extend a hand, offer to help, express sadness, etc. AND just because others haven’t been especially good to you is no reason to treat them the same. Be. A. Mensch. The author tosses in all sorts of Yiddish words. I enjoye This is not a treatise by any means. It is simply a short book about being a mensch - a good person. There are many examples of ways to be a good person when others are experiencing losses and are undergoing other complicated life issues. It’s never to late to be a good person, extend a hand, offer to help, express sadness, etc. AND just because others haven’t been especially good to you is no reason to treat them the same. Be. A. Mensch. The author tosses in all sorts of Yiddish words. I enjoyed that part.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    I really enjoyed this book. I felt like I was kind before but after reading this, there are plenty of ways I can be a “mensch” more in real life. I loved how Elisa gave incorporated being mensch-like in different situations. This book is for everyone. Her stories and the Yiddish terms are amazing. Definitely the best non-fiction I’ve read this year.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Audrey Flynn

    If Marie Kondo gave a fresh take and practical roadmap to tidiness, well Elisa Udaskin has done the same for kindness. In this gem of a book the author draws on her Jewish heritage and Yiddish sayings to provide a hands-on guide for how to be a mensch (a good person). Most of us would like to be more helpful and supportive to others, but often we lack the confidence to do so. Udaskin gives great tips on how to be a mensch to to others at work (can you be a mensch and still succeed? yes you can!) If Marie Kondo gave a fresh take and practical roadmap to tidiness, well Elisa Udaskin has done the same for kindness. In this gem of a book the author draws on her Jewish heritage and Yiddish sayings to provide a hands-on guide for how to be a mensch (a good person). Most of us would like to be more helpful and supportive to others, but often we lack the confidence to do so. Udaskin gives great tips on how to be a mensch to to others at work (can you be a mensch and still succeed? yes you can!), and how to support the people we know when they encounter hardship. Udaskin does a great job in helping us navigate the nitty- gritty of kindness. How can we help someone in a dark time if we don't know them terribly well? How do we help someone else when our own resources are low? How do we help others when they experience tragedy without overwhelming them? I hadn't even finished the book and I felt empowered to reach out to someone who was ill.This is a beautiful and relevant book for our fractious and divided times. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this free copy in lieu of an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Sokoloff

    Be a Mensch Unleash Your Power to Be Kind and Help Others: In under 200 pages, this book gives the reader practical advice on how to #beamensch. Through anecdotes derived from her own personal life experience, and the experiences of her parents, and her Holocaust surviving grandparents, Elisa passes on what she has gleaned about helping others in her lifetime. It is so true that our calendars (PRE-PANDEMIC), are always full, (and we wonder how we could fit more into an already packed day), but, El Be a Mensch Unleash Your Power to Be Kind and Help Others: In under 200 pages, this book gives the reader practical advice on how to #beamensch. Through anecdotes derived from her own personal life experience, and the experiences of her parents, and her Holocaust surviving grandparents, Elisa passes on what she has gleaned about helping others in her lifetime. It is so true that our calendars (PRE-PANDEMIC), are always full, (and we wonder how we could fit more into an already packed day), but, Elisa explains that there are some simple & "QUICK" ways to help make a difference in other people's lives. Even if you may be doubtful that your contribution is appropriate (expected or necessary), do not let #FEAR stop you. Do not succumb to that nagging question in the back of your mind, "What will THEY think? There is always a way to help, and Elisa gives so many tips (for so many different situations). I landed up buying this self help book, so I, too, can step up my "mensch game"! Thank you #netgalley, @girlfridayproductions and @elisaudaskin for the complimentary digital copy of #beamensch in return for my honest review. An inspiring, quick read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    Simples ideas, relatable stories and tons of humour, Elisa Udaskin shares reminders that small acts of kindness make a world of difference to others. I was reminded of the moments people had done mensch-like things for me and allowed me to remember how I felt in those moments. Especially during the COVID-19 Pandemic, we all need to be kind and extend that out in unique ways.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlyn

    This book is a breath of fresh air and truly rejuvenating. In today’s society you can see how easy it is for everyone to be only concerned about themselves and forget about the simple little kind things we can do. I will definitely be re-reading this any time I need a little pick me up and encouragement!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    I loved this feel good, uplifting book. Elisa Udaskin has written a quick read, a book filled with kindness and good ideas of how we can show love for our fellow beings, during their most challenging times.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Orit

    I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. It was like reading a therapy session (in a good way). When you've had your good cry and are ready to acknowledge its not really time that's keeping you from reaching out or accepting help, but our own fears of rejection. Do it anyway. I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. It was like reading a therapy session (in a good way). When you've had your good cry and are ready to acknowledge its not really time that's keeping you from reaching out or accepting help, but our own fears of rejection. Do it anyway.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    Good book Sure takes one thru the steps of how to be a good person. Lots of scenarios with excellent suggestions for each. On the plus side it also gives you in context definitions of quite a few Yiddish words. Very good information!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Best quote ever.. "Kindness breeds kindness." Best quote ever.. "Kindness breeds kindness."

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