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In Every Age....

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My favorite Chanukah song is Mi'Y Malel (Who Can Retell)? (English lyrics here).  

The song asks us:

"Who can retell the things that befell us, who can count them? In every age a hero or sage came to our aid."

The next stanza cites a specific example: "At this time of year in days of yore, Maccabees the Temple did restore", and so on.

I love this song because it is so easily altered for other contexts.  For example, those of us who are new urbanists could write something like this:

Who can retell the things that befell us, who can count them?

In every age a hero or sage came to our aid.

In New York in days of yore, the city wanted to make the Village into one big road;

Jane Jacobs stopped his plans and taught us all, that the city was no longer just for cars.

Who can retell... [repeated]

Feel free to improve this- or better yet add additional stanzas! 


Michael Lewyn is an assistant professor at Touro Law Center in Long Island.

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