• Leigh Gerstenberger

Dayenu



In one of my men’s groups the Hebrew word dayenu was mentioned. Not being familiar with the term, I did some research and found some wonderful insights that, while relevant year-round, are particularly significant as we approach our country’s season of Thanksgiving.


Dayenu (“It Would Have Been Enough”) is a song traditionally sung during the telling of the story of Exodus at the Passover Seder. The song’s stanzas list a series of kindnesses God performed for the Jewish people during and after the Exodus and concludes each with the word dayenu — “it would have been enough.” The full text of Dayenu is below.


If He had taken us out of Egypt and not made judgements on them; [it would have been] enough for us.


If He had made judgments on them and had not made [them] on their gods; [it would have been] enough for us.


If He had made [them] on their gods and had not killed their firstborn; [it would have been] enough for us.


If He had killed their firstborn and had not given us their money; [it would have been] enough for us.


If He had given us their money and had not split the Sea for us; [it would have been] enough for us.


If He had split the Sea for us and had not taken us through it on dry land; [it would have been] enough for us.


If He had taken us through it on dry land and had not pushed down our enemies in [the Sea]; [it would have been] enough for us.


If He had pushed down our enemies in [the Sea] and had not supplied our needs in the wilderness for forty years; [it would have been] enough for us.


If He had supplied our needs in the wilderness for forty years and had not fed us the manna; [it would have been] enough for us.


If He had fed us the manna and had not given us the Shabbat; [it would have been] enough for us.


If He had given us the Shabbat and had not brought us close to Mount Sinai; [it would have been] enough for us.


If He had brought us close to Mount Sinai and had not given us the Torah; [it would have been] enough for us.


If He had given us the Torah and had not brought us into the land of Israel; [it would have been] enough for us.


If He had brought us into the land of Israel and had not built us the ‘Chosen House’ [the Temple; it would have been] enough for us.


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