The Challenge

We have all been told by our parents and other adults, as children, to not judge others because of their ethnicity or familial origins. But as much as we try to be taught otherwise, we often do.

Vanessa Hidary, known as the Hebrew Mamita, asks the question in the video above. Why do we judge others simply based on ethnicity or familial origins?

She asks the audience to not judge her or label her simply because she is a Jewish woman.  She asks the audience to not judge everyone around them because of who they are and where they are from.

We should be proud of who we are and where we come from. I know I am. We are our families. We are our heritage.  But that doesn’t mean we have to act like the world thinks we should act based on this one facet of our lives.

The challenge she places before the audience is to judge the human being as an individual human being, not simply based on who they are and where they are from.

That is the most difficult challenge of them all.



Flashback Friday-Hocus Pocus (1993)

There is something about a movie from your childhood that no matter how old one gets, that movie brings you back to that point in your life.

With Halloween just around the corner, anything relating to witches is becoming popular, as it does every fall.

In 1993, Disney added to the lore of witches with Hocus Pocus.

In 1693 Salem Massachusetts, Winifred, Mary and Sarah Sanderson (Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker) are accused using dark magic and executed. The warn that they will return. Three hundred years later, Max (Omri Katz), a recent west coast transplant who is skeptical of the myth of the Sanderson sisters, is stupid enough to bring the witches back to life.  Now it is up to Max, his sister Dani (Thora Birch), Max’s crush Allison (Vinessa Shaw) and an immortal cat to destroy the witches once and for all.

The child in me has fond memories of this movie. At the end of the day, it’s just an innocuous Disney movie (aren’t they all?) from the early 90’s that is fun to watch. I love the balance of the comedic and villainous elements that come out of three witches, especially Bette Midler.

With Halloween coming up quick, sometimes I don’t want to watch blood and gore. Sometimes I want to watch something that will make me laugh, without keeping me up at night.

I recommend this movie.


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