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First, I don't begrudge anyone, including people slogging through postgraduate training, a bit of luxury to mollify the harshness of the daily grind; the yiddish term 'menschlichkeit' would appear to apply.
She has left behind so many of us who have been strengthened, inspired, sustained by her model – a lifetime of struggle for greater social justice and equality while never forgetting the importance of menschlichkeit - the fullness of being human, of telling a good joke, of giving a hug, of ruffling the hair of a child.
If menschlich = manly and it does, at least in my parents' version of Yiddish and Yiddishkeit = Yiddishness, then I figured menschlichkeit = manliness.
However, judging from the impressive menschlichkeit* of today's performance, he must have been tap-tapping away and setting up his sperm web.
I was at the lecture, and one thing that impressed me (apart from Kugel himself, in his subject, presentation, and general menschlichkeit) was how packed it was, and not just with students.
(Also said as: "It doesn't matter whether one's a doctor or lawyer, the important thing is: Zei a Mensch.) menschlichkeit that I still find most powerful and in some sense most mysterious.
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