Thursday, March 28, 2013
I have always found the prevalent form of singing Dayenu in the Haggadah highly inane. Nevertheless, ha'lo davar hu. So, to be melamed zechus, at least in the version that our family sings, the word dai or dayenu is repeated in the refrain 23 times. The refrain is repeated five times. 23x5=115. The song describes 15 ma'alos. 115+15=130. The word Dayenu - דיינו - in gimatria is 80. 130+80=210. In singing the song in this manner we thank HKB"H for the 210 years of Galus Mitzrayim leading to these fifteen ma'alos.