Jacob leaving Beer Sheva —
Be a big person
Try to be the kind of person that leaves a mark behind you when you leave
try to be the kind of person that has a direction.
Go toward it.
Va-yetzei Yaakov me B’er Shava va-yei-leckh Haran-ah
And Jacob left from Beer Sheva and went toward Haran. [in trope] — Gen. 28:10
Then he had a dream
first a direction
then a dream —
And he had a dream, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and top of it reached to heaven, and behold the angels of G*d ascending and descending on it. And behold, G*d stood beside him, and said:
I am Ad*nai, the G*d of Abraham your father
and the G*d of Isaac. [Gen. 28:12-13]
Abraham your father?
Isn’t Isaac’s Jacob’s father?
Did you know your grandfather?
There is a grandfatherliness
like a spiritual parenting
you might separate from your father
like Jacob separated from his father
become like your grandfather
your grandfather who separated from
your father who separated from your grandfather —
you may be your grandfather’s child
And he went to sleep
and he was awakened
by what he didn’t know —
And Jacob awakened out of his sleep and said,
Surely there is G*d
in this place and
lo yadati. [Gen. 28:16]
Surely G*d is in this place and I —
I didn’t know
there was no I
so much G*d
more G*d less I
surely there is G*d in this place and I
–I don’t know a darn thing.
Now I can learn the world
on its own terms
the world can break in on me
without interference —
the beginning of wisdom.
O holy Shabbes Inspiration Va-Yetzei
Maqam Ajam begins with a Ajam trichord on the first note and another Ajam trichord on the 5th note (the dominant), so for example: On B flat
B flat C D E flat F G A B flat
Every Shabbat is associated with a musical figure called a *maqam,
Arabic cognate to Hebrew maqom, Place.