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Wow! Magazine by Bookworm

As Passover nears, it’s time to take stock of the wonderful things President Trump has done, each of which, on its own, should please conservatives. Dayenu!

Passover is around the corner and I have an ear worm: The Passover song Dayenu. The Hebrew word “Dayenu” (דַּיֵּנוּ) means “it would have been enough,” or “it would have sufficed.” The pattern of the song is to list the miracles God performed for the Jewish people, with the chorus being “Dayenu” — it would have been enough.

Here’s a short sampling of the lyrics:

Verse 1:
If He had brought us out from Egypt,
and had not carried out judgments against them
— Dayenu, it would have sufficed!

Verse 2:
If He had carried out judgments against them,
and not against their idols
— Dayenu, it would have sufficed!

Verse 3:
If He had destroyed their idols,
and had not smitten their first-born
— Dayenu, it would have sufficed!

And here’s the Maccabeats’ delightful version of Dayenu, which will give you a nice sense of the song:

You can read more here about the song, including the miracles it recites, with each miracle being sufficient unto itself, without the necessity of anything more.

If you were to see my calendar, you’d see that I have a notation on it for Sunday: “Write Dayenu post about Trump.” As written, my words can be taken as blasphemous (am I calling Trump a God or even the God?) or tremendously insulting (will I say he’s the new Pharaoh?)[…]

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Bookworm is a fellow council member and author at Wow! Magazine.  You can avail yourself of Bookworm’s essays at Wow! and at her website, Bookworm Room.

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