Learn to sing Dayenu

Dayenu means “It would've been sufficient for us”

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The Jewish perspective on thanksgiving is to magnify the kindnesses that God has performed for us. Thus, we dwell on each of the momentous things that He performed for His people as He brought them forth from Egypt. The refrain, dayenu, means that each of these kindnesses is sufficient to cause us to give thanks.

The Words

Translation


Ilu ilu hotzianu, hotzianu miMitzrayim
Velo asa vahem shfatim dayenu
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Ilu asa vahem shfatim velo asa veloheihem
Velo asa veloheihem dayenu
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Ilu asa veloheihem velo harag bechoreihem
Velo harag bechoreihem dayenu
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Ilu harag bechoreihem velo natan lanu et mamonam
Velo natan lanu et mamonam dayenu
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Ilu natan lanu et mamonam velo kara lanu et hayam
Velo kara lanu et hayam dayenu
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Ilu kara lanu et hayam velo he'eviranu betocho becharava
Velo he'eviranu betocho becharava dayenu
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Ilu he'eviranu betocho becharava velo shika tzarenu betocho
Velo shika tzarenu betocho dayenu
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Ilu shika tzarenu betocho velo sipek tzarchenu bamidbar
Arbaim shana dayenu
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Ilu sipek tzarchenu bamidbar arbaim shana
Velo he'echilanu et haman dayenu
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Ilu he'echilanu et haman velo natan lanu et haShabbat
Velo natan lanu et haShabbat dayenu
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Ilu natan lanu et haShabbat velo kervanu lifne Har Sinai
Velo kervanu lifne har sinai dayenu
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Ilu kervanu lifne Har Sinai velo natan lanu et haTorah
Velo natan lanu et haTorah dayenu
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Ilu natan lanu et haTorah velo hichnisanu l'eretz Yisrael
Velo hichnisanu l'eretz Yisrael dayenu
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Ilu hichnisanu l'eretz Yisrael velo bana lanu et Beit Habechira
Velo bana lanu et Beit Habechira
Day dayenu (4x)


If God would've taken us out of Egypt and not executed judgment upon them, it would've been enough for us.
If He would've executed judgment upon them and not upon their idols, it would've been enough for us.
If He would've judged their idols, and not killed their firstborn, it would've been enough for us.
If He would've killed their firstborn, and not given us their wealth, it would've been enough for us.
If He would've given us their wealth, and not split the sea for us, it would've been enough for us.
If He would've split the sea for us, and not let us through it on dry land, it would've been enough for us.
If He would've let us through it on dry land, and not drowned our enemies in it, it would've been enough for us.
If He would've drowned our enemies in it, and not provided for our needs in the desert for 40 years, it would've been enough for us.
If He would've provided for us for 40 years, and not fed us with the Manna, it would've been enough for us.
If He would've fed us with the Manna, and not given us the Shabbat, it would've been enough for us.
If He would've given us the Shabbat, and not brought us to Mount Sinai, it would've been enough for us.
If He would've brought us to Mount Sinai, and not given us the Torah, it would've been enough for us.
If He would've given us the Torah, and not brought us into the land of Israel, it would've been enough for us.
If He would've brought us in to the land of Israel, and not built for us the Temple, it would've been enough for us.

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Dayenu Judy Caplan Ginsburgh sings the song simply and nicely for kids.
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Dayenu Theodore Bikel's band has a quick klezmer dayenu blast.
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Dayenu Another straightforward kids version with the Schneiderman Sisters.
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Dayenu Legendary Pete Seeger gets the banjo and the crowd going at this live archival performance.
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Dayenu The Pacific Pops Orchestra with their luscious symphonic choral harmonies perform the song as it should be.
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Dayenu Socalled, on The So Called Seder, have an awesome mixmish of dayenus. Wanna know what a mixmish is? Listen to this.
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