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04/05/2023 05:00:37 PM

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Rabbi Josh Whinston

Life has a tendency to feel obvious, as though our present circumstances were always meant to be. Yet, we often overlook the countless opportunities that could have shaped
our lives differently. What if our ancestors had made different choices or if our parents had made different decisions about our upbringing? Truly, nothing about our existence is guaranteed. The fact that each of us is here, living the life we have, with our family and friends, is nothing short of a miracle.

Tonight and possibly tomorrow night, hopefully we are able to participate in a seder. Although each person or family may have their own favorite melodies, we all likely sang
Dayenu, perhaps even with the same tune. This joyful and lively melody may lead us to sing without reflecting on its core message, gratefulness. Be grateful for the blessings in your life, for nothing is promised along this journey.

Dayenu recounts 15 miracles that God performed for our ancestors, and our response of "Di Dayenu...!" expresses gratitude for these miracles. We do not merely offer
general thanks, but instead recount specific miracles for which we are grateful, such as freedom, Torah, and Shabbat, to name a few.

As we observe Pesach this year, may we all take a moment to recognize the miracles in our own lives and offer our heartfelt gratitude. May we remember that every blessing is
a gift, and that our lives are filled with wonders worth cherishing and appreciating.

Sat, July 13 2024 7 Tammuz 5784