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Rabbinical Students Infuse Haggadah With a Bit of Broadway's HAMILTON

A pair of rabbinical students have managed to bring a little bit of the American Revolution to Passover.

Students Emily Cohen and Jake Adler, avid fans of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway hit HAMILTON, recently set out to adapt the show's score for Haggadah, or the Jewish text that's recited on the first two night of Passover - and have garnered some major attention in doing so.

Though the initial idea was sparked by a New York City rabbi who created his own HAMILTON-inspired Passover tune, Cohen and Adler's project came in at a whopping 46-pages, recorded on Cohen's computer over an eight day period, the pair have detailed in an interview with Forward.com.

"This was a total DIY-thing that we fully intended would just be for ourselves and our friends, and then before we knew it, it was getting hit after hit," Cohen told the site. "It really spiraled in an incredible way."

It spiraled in such a way that their HAMILTON Haggadah drew the attention of an unnamed person who assists in managing the musical, who wrote to the two, insisting how much she loved what they'd done. Since then, Cohen and Adler have been approached by members of the Jewish community throughout the country hoping to make use of their creation.

"There are times when people think American history is boring, and there are times when people think reading Torah is boring, but these are both fascinating stories," Cohen added. To take the Passover narrative and make something that is accessible and exciting - it's great."

Click here to check out the pair's impressive undertaking!

HAMILTON is the acclaimed new musical about the scrappy young immigrant Alexander Hamilton, the $10 Founding Father who forever changed America with his revolutionary ideas and actions. During his life cut too short, he served as George Washington's chief aide, was the first Treasury Secretary, a loving husband and father, despised by his fellow Founding Fathers and shot to death by Aaron Burr in their legendary duel.

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus


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