This podcast is a Pardes-Bible Raps co-production. Written and performed by Bible Raps.
After God saying everything is good, the first moment of divine dissatisfaction is when God sees that Adam is alone and deems it “not good.” According to some rabbis, as a consequence, God “splits” the first human into male and female. Rabbi Ethan focuses the group on the key term “ezer kenegdo.” The Torah says Eve was created as Adam’s ezer kenegdo. So what does ezer kenegdo mean? The ancient sages have more than a few scintillating answers. But is it all mansplaining? You decide.
“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.”