ONE of the most popular parts of the Passover seder is Dayyenu. Jews love it and sing it over and over. For many children, it is their earliest memory of the seder.
There is a problem, however. The words of Dayyenu seem to make no sense. Take this stanza: If He had given us the Egyptians’ wealth and had not divided the sea for us, it would have been sufficient.
We would have stood at the shores of the Reed Sea, the armed chariots of the Egyptians in hot pursuit. Our new found wealth would not have stopped the Egyptians from slaughtering us or re-enslaving us, not to mention retaking our wealth. Obviously, it would not have been sufficient had G-d given us the Egyptians’ wealth without an escape route.