T’rumah for Teens: Shabbat Sha-raps

T'rumah, Exodus 25:1−27:19

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!

God asks the people to donate gifts for the building of the Tabernacle (altar), the place where God will dwell (sort of like live). Listen to the rap to find out what gifts they gave!  


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

Well before we start, we’ll rewind it back
To Mishpatim, where we get no slack
There’s lots of commandments and rules to know
We got to Mount Sinai, let’s follow the show

God spoke to Moses to gather everyone
And to give some gifts so we can have some fun
If they care enough, they’ll give a lot
To build a tabernacle right on the spot

We use cloth, wood, silver, and gold
To build this tabernacle and make it bold
We’re making alters, lamps, and tables too
Building something great for the Israelite crew

Now follow every word and instruction to heart
Gotta make this just right, like a new piece of art
We construct the holy Ark, it’s a pretty big deal
It’ll hold the commandments, and that’s for real

Now beyond all the colors and materials here
This portion has a message, let’s make it clear
We all have our gifts inside of us
Let’s use them to make our world more kind, loving, compassionate, and just

Thanks for listening to our 40th rap
Stay tuned for more we’re putting ourselves on the map
​This has been your, Shabbat Sha’Raps!!!

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