In Every Age....

Michael Lewyn's picture

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.


Build Your Own Paper Block City

Urban Fold is an all-inclusive kit that allows anyone to build the city of their dreams with a few simple folds.
building block set

NEW! Build the world you want to see

Irresistible block set for adults when placed on a coffee table or desk, and great fun for kids.
Red necktie with map of Boston

Tie one on to celebrate your city!

Choose from over 20 styles imprinted with detailed city or transit maps.

NEW! Get the "Green Bible"

Understand the complexities of planning at the local level while preparing for the AICP* exam. Find out why this edition is included in the APA's recommended reading list.