The Mensch on a Bench

Posted: December 10, 2017
The Mensch on a Bench
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Twenty years later, The Mensch on a Bench picks up where Adam Sandler's "The Hanukkah Song" left off: he's bringing "more Funukkah to Hanukkah," and bringing the families celebrating it closer together in the process.

The Mensch is also a little more appropriate for children than Sandler.

Neal Hoffman created the Mensch on a Bench doll and accompanying book to teach his sons about the Jewish holiday in a more interesting and interactive way. The story of Mosche the Mensch is that he was in the temple with the Maccabees when they won the war against the Greeks, and volunteered to stay awake all night to makes sure their limited supply of oil didn't burn out. He sat on a bench to fulfill his duty, and so earned the nickname "The Mensch on the Bench."

Hoffman's book tells the 8 rules of having a Mensch, including naming him, giving him a Shamash candle to hold every day of Hanukkah, and to move him at least once a day so he doesn't get sore and bored from sitting in one place for too long. He hopes they'll do for your family what they have for his: create more traditions during Hanukkah and reinforce the values those traditions hold.

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