Author Archives: Matt Bar

Matt Bar

About 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.

The Book of Job – a Bible Rap

Matt Bar
August 9, 2013

When discussing sin in a Jewish context inevitably the Book of Job comes up. Why do bad things happen to good people? Does sin have cosmic repercussions? Give a listen to the Bible Raps version of The Book of Job as I use the questions raised by the Book of Job to investigate my own More »

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Jonah, the Proselytizing Prophet and Yom Kippur

Matt Bar
September 16, 2012

BY: MATT BAR
The people of Nineveh are foils to our noble, statue-worthy sailors. These people are aging waifs that flitter as thin leaves with but shreds of plant-fiber holding them to the tree of life. Yet how recalcitrant at Jonah’s call they become! King, Noble, farmer and his cattle revert from the depths of depravity to soar to the heights of holy at the instant Jonah roars out his warning. Fasts, rituals and tshuvah bloom forth, like a capital city celebrating in a holier galaxy. When have we ever heard of such a phenomenon in the Bible – a prophet being listened to?! Furthermore, at first blush! More »

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Jerusalem: Start Up City Since Avraham Avinu

Matt Bar
July 12, 2012

This Month’s Shma Journal focuses on how ‘place’ informs our Jewish Identity. Elan Ezrachi’s article magnifies this lens on Jerusalem and the city’s relatively recent cultural revival of the past 100 years.  After analysis, Ezrachi concludes most innovators utilize Jerusalem for their start-up city then often move elsewhere.  “More than 100 years since the founding More »

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What do I know?

Matt Bar
April 23, 2012

Editor of Sh’ma, Susan Berrin, introduces this month’s theme with “What happens when we treat our positions — our versions of reality — as ‘truth.’” What I believe I know and don’t know and how does that inform my Jewish identity? Yeah, it gets deep. I thought I’d make a list of what I think More »

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