Dayenu v’lo Dayenu

April 5, 2023

By Idit Klein

This Sunday, I had the pleasure of meeting with nearly 100, mostly new friends of Keshet at the homes of our supporters, first in Miami and then in Boca Raton. As I described Keshet’s work, I spoke of when we see our impact and the changes we have made possible — times when for a moment I simply feel thankful and think to myself, “Dayenu.” But then, of course, I think, no, it is so very far from enough. 

Tonight, Jews all over the world will retell our people’s core narrative of liberation. We will chant Dayenu, pound the Seder table to the chorus, and hold this defining contradiction: gratitude for how far we have come and clarity that the journey to freedom is not over.

I am proud to look back on the history of the LGBTQ+ rights movement and note the many Pharoahs we have toppled. Together with you, I know that will continue to resist the Pharoahs of our times and reach the day when we can exultantly declare, “Dayenu!” And there will be no contradiction, no hesitation, no further struggle.

P.S.:  I invite you to take a look at Keshet’s Passover resources and bring LGBTQ+ liberation to your Seder.

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