Josh Kornbluth’s “Love and Taxes” is a ridiculously delightful read!

Matt Bar
March 20, 2013
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I know very little about taxes. As I claw my way into the middle class I do hope to know more. But as far as literature is concerned I prefer Philosophy, History and Biographies over economics per se. The little I’ve read on taxes includes sections in “The Making of Modern Economics,” by Mark Skousen, which I almost made it through, and “The Ascent of Money” by Neil Ferguson which I actually enjoyed. But I have never legitimately laughed out loud when reading about taxes as I did when I read “Love and Taxes,” by Josh Kornbluth in this month’s Shema Journal. How do sentences gleefully dance into one another when tax niceties are the topic of choice? How does Woody Allen come to mind while learning about the “Collapsable Corportation Rule of 1913?” Who is this Josh Kornbluth and how is his style so fresh it makes good sushi seem overcooked? I highly recommend checking out his article this month for both the insight on taxes and the writing style that waxes like a moonlit candle.

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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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