This podcast is a Pardes-Bible Raps co-production. Written and performed by Bible Raps.
After an enthusiastic introduction to the podcast, the Prophet Elijah Shows up to humble Matt Bar, who calls himself the “Best Bible Rapper Alive.” Rabba Yaffa then grabs the mic from Bar for some, ‘I’m gonna let you finish, but Genesis Rabbah 8:5 is one of the greatest drashes of all time!’ This source focuses the conversation on the exceptionalism of humanity compared to all other creation, be it atom, animal or angel.
“Rappers & Rabbis” is hosted by Rapper Matt Bar, Rabba Yaffa Epstein, Rabbi AdAm Mayer and Rabbi Ethan Witkovsky. Join us every two weeks for a lively hip hop havruta-style Torah conversation with a rotating cast of Pardes alumni and holy MCs. Each episode is framed by a question with metaphysical ramifications, such as “Why did God create the snake?” Or “Can Rabba Yaffa Epstein rap?” See https://elmad.pardes.org/topic/rappers-and-rabbis/ to listen to more episodes in the series.
Bible Raps is a non-profit born from Matt Bar’s desire to engage his Hebrew School classes on a deeper and more contemporary level. Since its inception, Bible Raps has reached tens of thousands of young Jews with Torah-rich performances in schools, Hillels, conferences and camps across the US and abroad. Their teaching materials are being used in countless classrooms and teachers are currently being trained to be certified “Bible Raps educators.”