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It’s raining chicken! Hallelujah! And trumpets and divine wrath!

Lots of stuff happens in Parshat Beha’alotcha, the parsha so eventful you can’t pronounce its name without going to rabbinical school. So Jon Madof and Charlie Buckholtz strapped on their banjos and wrote a folksong about it.


Gratitude for Parshat Beha’alotcha

Each week, a different storyteller – some musical, some poetic, some just straight-up, tell the story of the current weekly Torah portion…and then we animate it! This particular Parashat haShavua (פָּרָשַׁת הַשָּׁבוּעַ or “weekly Torah portion”) video is Episode 36 from Parshat Beha’alotcha (בְּהַעֲלֹתְךָ — Hebrew for “when you step up,” from the book of Numbers 8:1–12:16). Jewish interpretation is often very specific. There are a myriad of Jewish subcultures and people, and the interpretations in this series explores the array of thoughts that our diverse set of storytellers and contributors have on Torah. To see more of the videos in this series, please take a look at our collection here on our site.

A very special thank you to each of the writers, narrators, producers, directors, sound engineers, musicians, educational advisors, artists and animators that contributed to this particular animated interpretation of Parshat Beha’alotcha including Tim Cosgrove, Nick Fox-Gieg, Liesje Kraai, Sarah Lefton, Matthue Roth, Jon Madof and Charlie Buckholtz. Additional thanks to all of our generous funders that contributed to the G‑dcast Parashat haShavua animated series.

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