D’varim for Teens: Shabbat Sha-raps

D'varim, Deuteronomy 1:1−3:22

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! 

In this parasha, Moses recaps the physical journey the Israelites underwent, and reflects on the reports of the spies. Joshua will become the next leader. Listen to other reflections from Moses.


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 last week was Matot/Masei
It was a great one, boy did it slay
We finished up Numbers and that’s a fact
Uhhh, Deuteronomy, it’s time to act
Well Devarim is just a big recap
Where Moses reflects and reviews the map
Of the Israelites’ travels across the land
Walking 40 years strong, hand in hand

Moses says his final words of instruction
It’s time for Joshua’s big introduction
Moses knows he has 37 more days
It’s difficult for him, Canaan is only a gaze

From escaping Egypt to fighting tons of wars
We made our enemies fall on all fours
We’ve been struggling through the desert for 40 years
And even with God, you all still had fears
Remember when I made judges for everyone
Or sent out the spies, that was kinda fun
I know I’m not making it, I’m sort of scared
There’s not much left, but I’m ready and prepared

As we go forward, we got to know
All the commandments, and that’s fo sho
But we can’t have fear, no we can’t back down
Like Michael Phelps, there’s no way we can drown

We appreciate the love, Devarim is done
We miss you dearly, but we got to run
Kutz Camp is home for one and all
Let’s keep it going each week, and we’ll have a ball

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

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