Scholar Sol Schimmel in the book, The psychology of Gratitude observes that the format of Dayeinu is intentional: “One interpretation of the structure of this poem is that when we reflect on a benefit that G-d ( or by extention, another person) has done for us, we should break it into its multiple components, mediating on each element.” For gratitude to be truly felt on both sides, it must be enumerated in specifics. A general thank-you gets lost.
From Erica Brown, Seder Tale
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