Vayechi for Teens: Shabbat Sha-raps

Vayechi, Genesis 47:28–50:26

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 tells of Jacob’s end. Before he goes, he blesses his grandchildren and gives each of his 12 sons, who become the 12 tribes, a prediction of his future. Joseph says he will care for his brothers and tells them that they can return to Canaan. Joseph lives until he is 110 years old; listen now to hear from him!


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

Well before we begin, let’s throw it back
To Vayigash, and then we’ll get on track
Joseph and his brothers reunite
And Joseph saves the people with all his might

This week the portion is Vayechi
We continue with the story so much to see
Jacob’s time is drawing near, what to do
He gathers the fam and speaks with the crew

Jacob has some blessings to give on out
To the whole family without any doubt
Including Joseph’s sons, so what a day
Welcome to the show, Ephraim and Manasseh

Jacob tells us more, before he goes
Passing on the wisdom that he knows
He tells his son’s future one by one
Finishing off with a funeral, all said and done

We lose the mighty Joseph at 110
He fought the good fight until the end
Tells of a prophecy we know quite well
God will bring you out of the land, ain’t that swell

Thanks for listening to our 33rd rap
Stay tuned for more we’re putting ourselves on the map
This has been your, Shabbat Sha-Rap

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