I created this personal affirmation based off the Dayenu prayer found in the Lit. "Telling.” The haggadah is the book used at the seder table on Passover to tell the story of the Exodus, the central commandment of the holiday. It is rich in song, prayer, and legend. There are many different version of the Haggadah produced throughout Jewish history.. It celebrates my own personal freedom and celebrates that the Eternal Source that some call God accepts me just as I am.
If you would have not guided me to stand up for a Just Society recognizing the harmony of your unity.
Dayenu—It would have been enough!
And smashing those moments where I worshiped aspects of your transcendental Oneness instead of the unity itself.
If you had not parted those waters of fear that well up in my life at times.
If you had not made my humanity a letter in that weighty scroll that myself and others are writing daily called The Five Books of Moses, and the foundation of all of Jewish life and lore. The Torah is considered the heart and soul of the Jewish people, and study of the Torah is a high mitzvah. The Torah itself a scroll that is hand lettered on parchment, elaborately dressed and decorated, and stored in a decorative ark. It is chanted aloud on Mondays, Thursdays, and Shabbat, according to a yearly cycle. Sometimes "Torah" is used as a colloquial term for Jewish learning and narrative in general..
If you had not recognized my struggle in accepting myself for who I am, in all my bravery and unbridled hope, causing me to find that Zion within myself.
If you had not strengthened me through tikkun, your divine service, I would not be able to share in building the ramparts of that temple of a better society around me.
Dayenu, dayenu, dayeinu! It would have been enough, but through this you remind me I am enough. I am of value, and I AM FREE!!!