The Binding of Isaac

Matt Bar
September 15, 2011
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The Talmud teaches a principle by R. Ishmael which is repeated eighteen times in the course of its Tractates: “The Torah speaks the language of men’. This begs the question: how does text talk?

Midrash is the circulation of the Oral Tradition within a contemporary procurement of the Written Tradition.A still frame for the oral tradition to wind through time collecting conversations on its way back to Sinai. It is designed to pull the current generation into the intergenerational conversation that each generation ought to be a part of, as the exciting writers in this issue of Sh’ma are. This is the covenant, we make in the Beit Midrash, with the Oral tradition.

The Binding of Issac (The Silence)


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Matt Bar is founder and Executive Director of Bible Raps, a non-profit born from Matt's desire to engage his Hebrew School classes on a deeper and more contemporary level than the way they were being taught at the time. Bible Raps launched out of Bar's participation in the PresenTense Institute during the summer of 2007. He continued to further his Jewish education during his 2008 year of study at The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. 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". ‬ ‪In 2011, Bar was also named to The ‬NY‪ Jewish Week's "36 Under 36" list, a prestigious list ‬"highlighting the dedicated lay leaders who are reordering our legacy organizations alongside community activists and social justice crusaders whose startups are chock-full of innovation,". He is also 2009-2010 member of slingshot. Before his current role as Executive Director of Bible Raps, Bar was also featured on MTV and NBC, has opened for Grammy winning group Outkast and performed at numerous clubs and venues as a folk rapper. Matt currently resides in Philadelphia and is working on Bible Raps Album #3 and hoping to put out Hip Hop Lullabies, within the calendar year.

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