O Holy God of Shabbes Inspiration Pinchas
*in Zohar, Pinchas is identified with Eliyahu HaNavi, Elijah the prophet
A maqam is a musical figure. Each Shabbat is associated with a particular maqam. Maqam Saba is associated with children, birth, brit. Covenant.
D E half-flat F G flat
You know we are dreaming peace all the time now
the evidence of that broken vav
in shalom of brit shalom [Numbers 25:12]
— that may be what’s holding it up.
Let’s fix the vav in the brit shalom
the covenant of peace
this reward that is given to your loyalist Pinchas.
You rewarded him the priesthood
for that unseemly act [Numbers 25:7 ff.]
so what is it — this covenant of peace —
the near peace and the far peace [Isaiah 57:19]
with the far peace you have confidence in the future
the near peace is more elusive
but HEY –
WE’RE LIVING HERE.
The near peace the inward peace
the far peace
they’re negotiating a world away
here we are praying
working our gardens and our abs.
I have to ask Pinchas
son of Eleazar son of Aaron
what kind of peace maker might you be
priest-man you ran them through
— that man and his girlfriend —
killed them both
you love an argument
your reward the priesthood
what about that diminished yud in your name? [Numbers 25:11]
Something unfinished in you Pinchas [K’sav Sofer and Ha-amek davar]
we need you but we need you
The vav in shalom seems so broken right now
K’TIA! I holler. [K’tia = broken]
Remember the perfect vav before its brokenness
the sign of connection.
Ahhhh — sometimes I feel so hollow and broken too
K’tia! on me.
When I feel this way —
restore me because I am not broken
use your language to integrate —
the power of blessing.
Use your words to make peace out of the pieces
lift up the lower union to join the upper union
that’s vav in its complete form
It connects in form
up and down the straight line vav
heaven to earth
the vertical link.
It connects in context
the horizontal, the holy and
the vav meaning and
the most conjunctive humble word.
Pinchas – fix that vav
restore the brokenness between us
this will be our priest-man.
Oh priesliness fix it all
if you can’t I will
I’m working on it
me and all my pals
we are whole and ready
I’m trying to end this prayer
but I can’t.
I’m waiting for new language
the repair of the near and the repair of the far
suggesting something entirely new out of the old might rise
something like –
james stone goodman*
*I am no Pinchas
maybe the son of a Pinchas