JOSEPH DWECK

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - SE­NIOR RABBI, S&P SEPHARDI COM­MU­NITY

THERE ARE mo­ments in life that bring us a deep sense of value. It could be the birth of a child, a wed­ding day, or a mo­ment of great ac­com­plish­ment. When we ex­pe­ri­ence such mo­ments it is as if the world re­veals it­self to us in per­fec­tion. We per­ceive these mo­ments to be filled with grace, and we might feel that our lives were worth even one such ex­pe­ri­ence.

This is what lies be­hind the por­tion of the Haggadah we call Dayenu (“Enough for Us”). Dayenu lists the gra­cious acts of God that brought us out of Egypt. Af­ter men­tion­ing each one, we ex­claim Dayenu! — “It would have been enough for us!” not be­cause we wouldn’t have needed more, but be­cause the ex­pe­ri­ence, even once, of the Cre­ator’s kind­ness would have been enough for us to say that it was all worth it.

Dayenu is part of the Seder be­cause our free­dom is fun­da­men­tally based upon the idea that the world is mean­ing­ful, and thus, so are our choices. We yearn to be free in or­der to choose and achieve mean­ing­ful lives.

When we are for­tu­nate enough to ex­pe­ri­ence a “Dayenu mo­ment”, we are re­minded, deep in our hearts, that our lives mat­ter, our choices mat­ter, and that even if it is but once in a life­time, see­ing it is know­ing that it is in­deed enough.

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