LEADER: The plagues and our subsequent redemption from Egypt are but one example of the care God has shown for us in our history. Had God but done any one of these kindnesses, it would have been enough – dayeinu. For each of them we offer thanks and humble gratitude.
ASSEMBLED: (one or more versus of Dayenu can be sung)
אִלּוּ הוֹצִיאָֽנוּ מִמִּצְרַֽיִם, דַּיֵּנוּ
Ilu hotzi- hotzianu, Hotzianu mi-mitzrayim Hotzianu mi-mitzrayim, Dayeinu
If God had only taken us out of Egypt, that would have been enough!
אִלּוּ נָתַן לָֽנוּ אֶת־הַתּוֹרָה, דַּיֵּנוּ
Ilu natan natan lanu, natan lanu et ha-Torah, Natan lanu et ha-Torah , Dayeinu
If God had only given us the Torah, that would have been enough.
REFLECTION: Rabbi Avi Weiss states, "Just like in the famous song where we articulate thanks each step of the way, today we have the chance to offer thanks to the heroes who have stepped up for all of us. Some suggestions:
If we were only blessed with truckers who deliver food to our grocery stores, and clerks who shelve them and workers who carry them to our homes – dayenu.
If we were only blessed with police and firefighters who walk the streets to protect us, risking their lives to save us – dayenu.
If we were only blessed with hospital custodians, pharmacists, EMTs, nurses and doctors on the front lines who administer to the sick, doing all they can to heal them – dayenu."
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