O holy Shabbes Inspirtation Vaera
Every Shabbat is associated with a musical figure called a *maqam,
Arabic cognate to Hebrew maqom, Place.
Our teacher said,
I am not a gifted speaker
I have stones in my mouth
my lips are covered
inarticulate. [4:10, 6:12]
How are we to learn from him?
Lead with gentleness [Rashi]
and to your detractors
speak with respect.
To the qualities of strength confidence and courage
on the left side
on the right side.
To the quality of stick-to-it-tiveness
on the right side
add gentleness and compassion
on the left side.
Draw a line down the middle of your body with your thumb
move your hand up and down that line
there is your heart line
between left side and right side
there is your strength.
Lead with patience and understanding
speak with respect
even to your detractors
[especially to your detractors]
and find your center.