Let us celebrate the bounty of our lives by reading an updated version of the traditional DAYYE-NU responsively.
If we were delivered from bondage while others remained enslaved, could we say Dayyenu?
If we could be at peace while others died in wars, could we say Dayyenu?
If we were born to prosper while others were born to poverty, could we say Dayyenu?
If we alone were chosen while others were forgotten, could we say Dayyenu?
If we had enough to eat while others starved, could we say Dayyenu?
If our houses were safe while others lived in fear, could we say Dayyenu?
If we have had a place we belonged while others were far from home, could we say Dayyenu?
In the same spirit, our celebration today is also shadowed by our awareness of continuing sorrow and oppression in all parts of the world.
Ancient plagues are mirrored in modern tragedies.
In our own time ordinary people suffer and die as a result of the tyrants who rule over them. While we may rejoice in the defeat of tyrants,
we must also express our sorrow at the suffering of the many innocent people.
As the pain of others diminishes our joys, let us once more diminish our ceremonial drink as we together recite the names of these modern plagues:
Pollution of the Earth
Indifference to Suffering
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