My deepest gratitude goes out this morning to Bora Zivkovic, Mrs. Coturnix, and family for hosting what was for my daughter and I our first Seder supper. The evening was made even more special with Sheril Kirshenbaum, her BF and his labmate, Lisa (I’m sorry I don’t know your full name but I do remember you got your recipe for the spicy matzah dish from The Southern Jewish Cookbook), Anton Zuiker and his wife, and all our kids – celebrating as Bora said, in “a very secular/humanist/feminist/environmentalist way, focusing on good company, good food and good wine.” Speaking of the latter, I hope to have something to say tomorrow on the fantastic Israeli wines that Mrs. Coturnix and I selected for the evening.
Everyone around these parts knows Bora as the guy through whom the internet must stream directly before going out to the rest of the world. But what first struck me when first meeting Bora over three years ago is that while blogs can build an international community, they also have an equally important role in building our local communities. I doubt that my daily professional and personal life would have brought me together with these remarkable people had it not been for our common interests as blogging scientists and writers.
So many thanks to you, Bora, and to Mrs. Coturnix, for enriching my life and that of our children.
I also want to give a shout-out to PalMD, like Bora another atheist Jew, for his thought-provoking post on the uniting themes of these Spring festivals that we might draw regardless of the role religion does or doesn’t play in our lives.
Pal, I know you say you don’t write about religion but this was yet another exceptionally well-written post. The goyim are grateful.