Shof’tim for Teens: Shabbat Sha-raps

Shof'tim, Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9

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!

In this parasha, God tells the people to pursue justice in order to be deserving of the land! God runs through lots of laws, which you can click this rap to hear. 


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

We had Parashat R’eih just last week
And to be totally honest, it was quite on fleek
We had THE Paul Reichenbach join us right here
Blessing and curse, we never fear

Well it’s time for Shoftim, it’s pretty cool
We gotta follow the laws and don’t act a fool
Justice, justice you shall pursue

That we may thrive in the land with our Israelite crew
The rest of the portion repeats a lot
Of all the commandments, we give it some thought

No sorcery or witchcraft is allowed
Just keep telling ourselves we gotta make God proud

On Shabbat Sha’Raps we got a very special guest
She’s from the land of Cleveland and she’s the best
The one, the only, the NFTY President

Kathryn Fleisher is coming to represent

Well this Torah stuff is pretty cool
But I’m here for a different reason, one that gets you out of school
NFTY Convention is coming your way
Everybody get excited, everybody say HEY

February 17-20th are the dates
We’re trying to rep from Canada and all 50 states
Don’t miss this event, NFTY’s gonna thrive
Evan and Matt will do Shabbat Sha’Raps Live
We will see you in Chicago, this city’s a hit!
Stomp clap, stomp clap, it’s gonna be lit!

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

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