PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A couple of local rabbinical students have taken a fresh approach to the Passover story by re-writing the traditional “Haggadah” in the theme of the musical Hamilton.
Classmates Jake Adler and Emily Cohen at first started writing their Hamilton Haggadah in a Google Document just for fun.READ MORE: CDC's New Mask Guidance In Schools Creates Tense Moments At Central Bucks Board Meeting
Eventually, they did it for school credit.
“As we started to write last year, I think Moses became the central character in the songs. A lot of people identified Moses as the Alexander Hamilton character,” Adler said.
“While I think there’s always relevancy to be found in the story of the Exodus, like that’s why we read it every year, I think that finding new glosses on those stories is part of the Jewish endeavor,” said Cohen.READ MORE: 'Everyone Keeps Passing The Buck': Tree Threatens Philadelphia Family's Home With No Help In Sight
They say the Passover story is timeless.
“Tales about freedom and liberation and seeking freedom and liberation continue to be really applicable,” said
The Hamilton Haggadah is available for a free download online, but they ask that in exchange folks donate to the immigrant organization the Hebrew Immigrant Aids Society of Pennsylvania.
“I mean, the opening line of the traditional Passover story is: my father was a wandering Aramean.”MORE NEWS: Garden State Parkway Service Areas To Be Renamed After These 9 New Jersey Icons