|This poor bastard got caught up in a firestorm like his Elf-inspiration|
might never understand or feel.
What am I blathering on about? It seems that Jews are under attack in America in the form or two dastardly maniacal commercial products. What are they? Wrapping paper and a doll. Stop laughing. I (they - not me) are serious in this perceived attack.
Let me introduce you to the "Mensch on a Bench" (a mensch, for the record, is a person you can admire - they (it was once a term used only for men but not applicable to all of G-d's people) typically do great deeds and commit acts of kindness) and Hallmark's least popular wrapping paper since the Shroud of Turin (wrapping paper, for the record, is paper we used to waste money on to hide the gift we were about to give before gift bags and tissue paper became a more expensive and popular waste of money).
Which brings me to my issue with people who think the Mensch on a Bench is little more than a trite, cliche, stereotypical view of a Jew and are offended by that.
More over - read the book. The book, much like that horrible atrocity that is "Elf On the Shelf", is about doing good deeds to "deserve" your Hanukkah gifts. If you want to be offended by ANYTHING be offended at the notion that Jewish parents are so focused on keeping up with (secular) Christian parents that they had to run out and purchase a knock-off of their book to put a little more emphasis on what is otherwise a very small, not very consequential Jewish holiday/festival. THAT is the real shame.