Meet Judd. Judd is my own personal Mensch on a Bench. That’s right, you heard me correctly, my Mensch on a Bench. Christmas has Elf on a Shelf – Jews now have Mensch on a Bench!!!
Now you may ask – first, what is a Mensch on a Bench – He is the brilliant creation of Neal Hoffman (THANK YOU so much, Neal for sending me my Mensch – they were sold out, but he found one special one just for me!!!). The Mensch on a Bench book tells the story of Moshe the Mensch who was in the temple when Judah and the Maccabees won the war against the Greeks. There was only enough oil for one night, but who would watch over the Menorah while everyone was sleeping? Moshe the Mensch!
You may also ask – why Judd? Well, one of the rules of the Mench on the Bench (we will get more into the rules in a minute) is Rule #1 – Name your Mensch. I named my Mensch after a very special person in my life. One of my dearest friends is converting to Judaism. Let’s get one thing straight here, she is honestly already more Jewish than me. She cooks Jewish, talks Jewish…. she explains the holidays to me! She also was the first person I called when Neal sent me my very own Mensch and she was just as crazy excited as I was! I couldn’t use her first name because, let’s just say – it isn’t necessarily a traditional Jewish name AND she is a SHE and this Mensch is most certainly a HE. BUT, her last name is PERFECT – even a little bad ass for a Mensch… and my Mensch is definitely a little bad ass!!! So Judd he is!
Now, there are a few other important rules that you must follow with your Mensch:
Needless to say, we had a lot of fun with Judd. He has been all over the place and getting into a little bit of trouble. Take a look at some of the fun we had with Judd – our favorite Mensch!
Our Mensch arrives compliments of Neal!
We read the story and learn about all of the rules
Judd checks out our Menorah and shelves (wants to see what the fuss the Elf is making about the shelf!)
Bella checking out the new member of our family – she isn’t so sure about him – looks yummy though!
Judd getting comfortable – staking claim on the remote and the Beats
A little wand duel followed by an Uno duel with our resident Smurf
Time for tea with the frog and the Queen
Judd is a less traditional Mensch!
Hanging out at Temple, getting ready to address the congregation!
Sitting back, enjoying an evening decaf and reflecting on his great day!
Couldn’t find the Manischewitz….. oh well, it is 5:00 somewhere!
Want your own Mensch on a Bench? Check out the website at www.the.menschonabench.com