Dayeinu- A modern version

Haggadah Section: Songs

(The following verses were written in 1988 by CLAL to continue the tradition of adding to the story of the Exodus, of making that ancient story a modern extension of our dream for a time when all of God's children will live together in peace and harmony.)

Had God upheld us throughout two thousand year of Dispersion
But not preserved our hope for return-- Dayenu
Had God preserved our hope for return
But not sent us leaders to make the dream a reality--Dayenu
Had God sent us leaders to make the dream a reality,
But not given us success in the U.N. vote --Dayenu
Had God given us success in the U.N. vote,
But not defeated our attackers in 1948-- Dayenu
Had God defeated our attackers in 1948,
But not unified Jerusalem-- Dayenu
Had God unified Jerusalem,
But not led us toward peace with Egypt-- Dayenu
Had God returned us to the Land of our ancestors,
But not filled it with our children --Dayenu
Had God willed it with our children,
But not caused the desert to bloom--Dayenu
Had God caused the desert to bloom,
But not built for us cities and towns-- Dayenu
Had God rescued our remnants from the Holocaust's flames,
But not brought our brothers from Arab lands -- Dayenu
Had God brought our brothers from Arab lands,
But not opened the gates for Russia's Jews-- Dayenu
Had God opened the gate for Russia's Jews,
But not redeemed our people from Ethiopia --Dayenu
Had God redeemed our people from Ethiopia,
But not planted in our hearts a covenant of One People-- Dayenu
Had God planted in our hearts a covenant of One People,
But not sustained in our souls a vision of a perfected world-- Dayenu
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