I could title this post, searching for god, or some other phrase about a mystical path toward enlightenment. For me yesterdays seder in the Bistro Boquete was just a rush of memories. It was interesting to see a part of Boquete’s Jewish community, guests just curious about the function, and visitors from other countries gather for the Seder. I remember this meal from many occurrences at my Grandparents house in New York. Wine is so important in this event that my Grandfather made his own and I am sure it helped a very young me get through the long readings of the event. For me religion is an enigma, I blame it, and those who claim to speak for various gods, for more harm than good. I do not practice any religion, but there is tradition and there are roots.
For those not steeped in the rituals of Judaism, Passover is a celebration of the Exodus from Egypt some 3,200 years ago. If you wonder why it occurs near Good Friday, it is because the Last Supper of Christ was likely an event related to Passover, Christ was Jewish. Wikipedia
There are fifteen ceremonial steps in a Seder and if you are interested in the event, Wikipedia has a detailed article. Wikipedia
For me the entire event was a flood of memories and curiosity. Although I do not believe in any deity, I do wax and wane on my heritage. As Hitler and history have so clearly demonstrated, being Jewish and belief in god are not necessarily related.
The event was given it’s Boquete Panama touch by a Semana Santa Parade being held by the Catholic Church. The parade passed down the main street in front of the Bistro while we were reading a custom Boquete assembled Haggadah.
I want to thank Barbara, Mort, Craig, our two visiting Rabbis and the entire community for the experience. Mayra asked me to add that this was a unique experience for her and she enjoyed the people, the food, the grape juice. She only questions why I made her watch the Ten Commandments with Charlton Heston as Moses before we went.