#Hamildrash: Re’eh

For the past few weeks I’ve been having some fun linking the Parashat Hashavua to lyrics from Hamilton. I know I’m not the first person to find practical (or impractical) uses for Hamilton quotes, (see this breakdown of Hillary Clinton’s DNC acceptance speech and where she did and where she could have quoted Hamilton) but this seemed like a kind of fun twist on it. It started out as just a group text to some friends, then a Slack message to a bigger group, and now with some encouragement it’s up on my blog. Please don’t take this too seriously. After all, Hamilton and the Torah are meant to be fun. (Yes, really.) For now here is this week’s #Hamildrash. I’ll try to post the ones from the past few weeks and add on new ones as they come. Let’s keep the fun going! 

Parshat Re’eh:

This week we a great deal about the laws of Shemitah – the remission of debts. The Torah teaches, “Every seventh year you shall practice remission of debts. This shall be the nature of the remission: every creditor shall remit the due that he claims from his fellow; he shall not dun his fellow or kinsman, for the remission proclaimed is of the Lord. You may dun the foreigner; but you must remit whatever is due you from your kinsmen.” (Deut 15:1-3)

But the Torah forgets

This plan would have the government assume state’s debts

Now, place your bets as to who this benefits

The very seat of government where Hamilton sits…

This financial plan is an outrageous demand

And it’s too many damn pages for any man to understand

But in the end we’ll give the Torah this: it’s financial system is a work of genius

I couldn’t undo it if I tried

And I tried

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