Vayak’heil (and P’Kudei) for Teens: Shabbat Sha-raps

Vayak'heil - P'kudei, Exodus 35:1–40:38

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!

This parasha, sometimes in a double parasha* with the next, starts with Moses teaching the rules of Shabbat. He then asks for donations for the Tabernacle (altar) and for people to help to build it. In P’Kudei, we learn about the materials used to build the Tabernacle and the priestly vestments (robes). Moses blesses the Israelites and anoints the priests. 


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

Throwback to last week, we had Ki Tisa
We learned V’Shamru, so we ooh and aah
We started our census and that was nice
Built the golden calf and we paid a price

Hey guess what now, it’s a very special day
How special is it, well I gotta say
We gotta a double portion, it’s a pretty big sign
Vayak’heil-P’kudei, it’s your time to shine

Now we start this off with the rules of Shabbat
And like last week, we’ll give it all we got
When you work six days, take some rest
And celebrate Shabbat to be your very best

Hey there Tabernacle, let’s get ready to go
You’re the next big part in the Israelite show
We worked day and night, just to make you be
Ornate and special for you and me

After it’s built, Moses gives some love
To all those who helped, blessings from above
God was pretty proud of everything here
We finished Exodus, let me get a cheer

Thanks for listening to our 43rd rap
Stay tuned for more we’re putting ourselves on the map
This has been your - Shabbat Sha’Rap!!

Originally published: