#MenschUp, the brainchild of founding builder Rabbi Mike Moskowitz, is a new initiative aimed at replacing toxic masculinity with gracious and graceful masculinity, rooted in Jewish texts and Jewish values.
How boys become men – and the kind of men they become – depend on what they learn to be. Masculinity can be empowering and wise, or toxic and destructive, based on how boys and young men learn into becoming themselves.
Today’s epidemic of toxic masculinity traits – anger, aggression, manipulation, violence, emotional sterility and more – is a spiritual health crisis. It demands an antidote for today’s boys and men, and a vaccine for future generations.
The antidote and vaccine for toxic masculinity is wise use of traditional wisdom and modern best practices on how to rear mensches – good men, who hold their masculinity healthfully for themselves and the world.
#MenschUp uses Jewish tools to develop healthy masculinity for all ages and stages. Leveraging spiritual wisdom, educational best practices, developmental psychology and modern media, MenschUp will offer materials and programs for age-appropriate character development for healthy masculinity, including for gender queerness and men of trans experience.
Parents, synagogues, JCCs and colleges all have pivotal role in mensching Jewish boys and men. MenschUp tools and programs will help all of them be part of the solution to toxic masculinity – and through them help build a healthier and more just world for all.
Downloadable curricula for b. mitzvah education and multimedia materials are in development.
For now, here’s a first post on Builders Blog containing a downloadable #MenschUp Sukkot ushpizin resource, and a series of parshanut (Torah commentary) posts written through a #MenschUp lens, soon to be collected in a book.