So, since @defcon, I'm starting to see new followers, so I guess it's time for a quick recap.
Hi! I'm @bluknight. I run @dcskytalks with the help of a great group of talented individuals. Honestly, I'm probably the least talented of them. But don't hold that against them. 1/
Growing up in a small, white-bread town in Colorado, I really wasn't exposed much to other faiths and cultures. We had all the standard variants of Christianity, as well as token members of several other faiths. It was the same with ethnic diversity. 1/
I really only got exposed to anything else going on trips to "the Valley" -- AKA, out of my mountain town. Usually school field trips to Denver, or weekend trips with my mother to the local SciFi con (also, in Denver). 2/
It wasn't until I became an adult and moved out of my hometown that I really became exposed to other cultures on a regular basis, either ethnic or religious. And it was longer still until they really integrated into my conciousness, a process still happening to this day. 3/
With this in mind, I'm reminded of several of my hacker family-by-choice, most based on the east coast, observant in the Jewish faith. This article reminds me of the diversity I am privileged to celebrate, and that I still have so much I can learn from them as fellow humans. 4/
We honor these traditions not only to respect our religion, or ancestors, or community. It's because traditions make us who we are. We do it because it helps define us, and to make us better humans.
Shalom aleichem, my friends. 5/5