Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield joins us as we follow the concept of “righteousness” all the way from Noach to Abraham to Rambam’s “Eight Levels of Tzedaka.” Of course, there’s also the Bible Rappers 16 Bars of Tzedaka! We prove to ourselves that concepts “grow up” through history. Noach seems to be the inception of righteousness; it’s seed. And “the seeds of change need the rains to grow, soil turned and the wind to blow…”
On another note, the fact Rabbi Zvi came through to do two podcasts at the crib is a highlight of Matt’s Jewish “Journey.” Rabbi Zvi and Micah, Matt’s three-year-old, had an extensive discussion of another prophet altogether – Jonah – in which Micah often corrected Zvi’s Hebrew pronunciation back into English. While prompt and unforgiving, Matt was proud of how kind his boy’s Torah corrections of Rabbi Zvi were!
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.”