Balak for Teens: Shabbat Sha-raps

Balak, Numbers 22:2−25:9

Ever wanted to see how relatable the Torah really is? Counselors at URJ Kutz Camp, a Reform Jewish leadership camp for teens ,wanted to do just that. They made awesome raps discussing the weekly Torah portion, or parasha, for an entire year! 

Listen in this parasha as the Balak asks another nation for help in a curse and everyone is blessed! 


Saturday morning and the peeps are here
It’s time for Shabbat – let me get a cheer
We’ll talk about Moses, Aaron, the Levites too
Ayyoo Matt, you know what to do

Just a quick rewind, throwback to Chukat
For so many people, it wasn’t so hot
Miriam and Aaron died, it was their time to go
Moses wanted the Promised Land, God said no

All the Israelites moving gave Balak a scare
Just wasn’t sure how his Moabites would fare
So he called Balam, he had a big ask
It wasn’t very easy, it was quite the task

Following orders, Balam set out
To curse the Israelites and make them all go and pout
But then there’s the donkey that makes Balam see
Being with God’s angel is the place to be

Now here’s where the twist in the story goes
Balam stepped to the Israelites to strike a pose
But instead of curses, all love came out
Balam blessed Israel without a doubt

We appreciate the love though you aren’t here
We miss you dearly, the summer was all cheer
Kutz Camp is home for one and all
Let’s keep it going each week, we’ll have a ball

Thanks for listening to our seventh rap
Stay tuned for more, we’re putting ourselves on the map
This has been your – Shabbat Sha’Rap!

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