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
Hi all, Matt Bar here. This is written by Bible Raps Education Director Eliana Light. She’s a wonderful writer, educator and musician and I felt compelled to add her voice to the discourse this month! What Teaching About Covenant Taught Me About Teaching and Covenant “Wow, you really don’t wanna mess with God!” I’m sitting
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 Sh’ma Journal
The overlap between Hip-Hop and Judaism may be surprising but considering the furnace from which the two cultures were forged, perhaps not.
“The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends. One repays a teacher badly if one remains only a pupil. And why, then, should you not pluck at my laurels.”
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!
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
Like Bible Raps, they often have elements of user-generation, and they differ from more traditional approaches to Torah learning in that they are multi-sensory and take up the kid’s interests in their daily life into Jewish learning.
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