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When A Discussion Of Dyin' Teaches Us How To Live

There are many "Dayanu" Jews walking around. They might marry Jewish and go to shul on occasion [e.g. Yom Kippur or to network]. But that's enough for them. Others basically keep mitzvos but not too much. Can't be extreme. So you will never see them in shul during the week nor will they ever be caught awake with an open sefer. Keeping kosher [at home] and putting on Tefillin daily is enough for them. Many people have their own personal "Dayeinu" level. I will do so much for G-d - but no more.

When we say the Dayeinu at the seder what we are saying is that we were satisfied with what we had. But Hashem in his infinte kindness wanted to bestow upon us more and more spiritual blessings. And more. We have enough G-d. No! More.

That is what we have to give ourselves and those around us. More. Even if one feels "Dayeinu". Daf Yomi - add a chazara. Or maybe a half hour a day of Gemara BiĆ­yun [for those in the working world]. Doing another act or two of chesed a day. Show a Jew the beauty of Shabbos. The list goes on and on.

In the business world nobody says "Well, our company has made enough money this year so everyone can take a three month vacation". What? If there is even more money to be made - go for it. [That is not my personal attitude, just the prevailing one. Maybe that is why I am not in business...]

The same applies to spirituality - GO FOR IT. AND THEN GO FOR MORE. Don't sit on your laurels. [I also don't recommend sitting on a bed of nails but that is not our topic.] There is a lot to accomplish down here.

Something to think about when you are singing "Dy dy yainu dy dy yainu dy dy yainu dayeinu dayeinu".

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