Dayenu

Had God taken us out of Europe alive,
it would have been enough.

Had He taken us out of Europe alive
and brought us into the land of Israel,
it would have been enough.

Had we entered the land of Israel
and revived the Hebrew language,
carving its letters on ruins and gravestones,
renaming cities and villages,
it would have been enough.

Had we renamed cities and villages
while Arabic was covered in dust,
enough.

Had we built settlements
but not checkpoints

Had we claimed Jerusalem
but not evicted its residents

Had we evicted them
but not dragged them from their homes

Had we controlled the Old City
but not raided al-Aqsa

not disrupted Ramadan prayers
Iftar meals, Eid celebrations

Had we occupied Gaza
but not shut off the borders—

Had we shut off the borders
but not bombed homes—

Had we bombed homes for one day
but not for days on end—
it would have been enough.

I swear it would have been enough.

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