“Your number was your name…that’s all he was to them.”
That's what 10-year-old Elliott said to his 90-year-old great-grandfather, Jack Feldman, pointing to the number tattooed on his arm,…A-17606. Jack is a Holocaust survivor who grew up in Poland before he was sent to Auschwitz. Elliott is the narrator of a new HBO documentary directed by Amy Schatz, The Number on Great-Grandpa's Arm, which debuts Saturday, January 27 on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. In the 19-minute film, the young boy explains what his great-grandfather's… >> Read More
"The Nazis were bad people who didn’t like Jews," I heard myself saying to my 3-year-old.
I immediately questioned this rather disappointing explanation. Bad people? What does that mean?…Haven’t my wife and I always told our child that people aren’t "bad" or "good," even if they do bad or good things? And isn’t “didn’t like Jews” rather an understatement? But, then, what exactly should you tell such a young child about the Holocaust? I was in this predicament because of "The Sound of… >> Read More
You know another thing to do when you're sequestered inside? Watch the Harry Potter movies. OK, it may be hard to watch all of them (considering there are eight plus the spinoff Fantastic Beasts, so…technically nine), but you can try. As of January 1, HBO has all of the Harry Potter movies available for streaming. So, cancel your plans (as if you're going anywhere during this polar vortex anyway), drink butter beer, and deck your house colors (are you a Gryffindor or a Ravenclaw?). So, if Harry Potter is new to… >> Read More
This is a damn cold winter, isn't it? Well, instead of being the "bigger person" and braving the cold, why not just stay in and catch up on some movies and television? Sure, you may feel guilty…foregoing that coffee date or mom hang, but sometimes, you just have to do you. Or you know, invite a mom pal over, make some hot chocolate, and get cozy. Here are some of our picks for this winter (some new, some old favorites): 1. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon) If you haven't started it by… >> Read More
Don't lie, you're probably staying home this New Year's. Maybe you were invited to a fancy party with lots of champagne and cocktails, but you just aren't feeling it this year (and couldn't get a…babysitter). I mean, come on, it's so much more relaxing to stay home, watch Netflix, make cocktails (and mocktails for your little ones), then have to schlep to a party you probably don't want to be at. (Maybe I'm projecting a little.) For those of you who are staying in, we rounded up some fabulous… >> Read More