At this season we think of miracles.
The Hagaddah lists many
We can't say "Ilu Hotzee'anu" (If He had taken us out of Egypt) because we are largely confined to the indoors, but there are reasons to celebrate.
Maybe they are not miracles, but what qualifies as a miracle anyway?
Something that we don't see nearly enough?
Something that makes us smile, inside and out?
Something that brings us closer to the ideals we hold?
Something that lifts us up as it lifts others or maybe it is the opposite; something that lifts others up and lifts us up as an extra benefit?
There will not be a Dayeinu for this period of time until the plague
passes from among us.
There will not be a Dayeinu until there is a vaccine
There will not be a Dayeinu until there is a cure but we can bless this:
Miracles that People Make-An Inspiration
We are grateful that our loved ones are healthy and safe
For people helping each other as they can
Sewing machines whirring to make masks
For phone calls to check in on the elderly
We are grateful
That we have more time outdoors
That our families have more time together
Time we had little of before
Or time we chose to spend elsewhere
Realizing we miss each other when we are not together
We are thankful
To have technology that enables us to communicate
To see our grandchildren from afar
For the ability to experiment
What can we do with this time to make it better, richer?
For the gift of human ingenuity
We applaud you
For walks in the woods and long overdue chats with neighbors
For food, for home and health, for family and friends
For siblings playing together....peacefully
For time with our life partners
For friends who help us share our worries
We inhale and exhale, long and deep
For sunny days
For our pets who get us out, who make us laugh
For singers who share their voices
One or ten or twenty or one hundred voices
Each on a screen in their own tiny square
We take a deep breath and sing along
For people greeting each other on the streets
Socially distant but sending their warm heartbeats from afar
For phone calls to our elders
For anything that makes us laugh, giggle, guffaw and chortle
For books and for films and for one thousand television series
We watch and listen and laugh and escape
For our adult children who make us so proud
For our brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews and uncles and aunts
For our grandmothers and grandfathers, for the babies being born and those
carrying the next generation now
For our friends far and near
For those who care for us and for those whom we care for
You are our miracles, you are whom we live for
We breathe and whisper amen