Gathered Up

First holiness of time
keep the Sabbath
then subdue the space
build the sanctuary.

And everyone who excelled in ability
and everyone whose spirit moved
came, bringing to God an offering
terumah
for the work of the Tent of Meeting
and for all its service.
[Ex.35:21]

Terumah
what is lifted up
if we are lifted up
every gift is good —
there will be plenty of money
maybe too much.
There can be too much money.

Here
at the beginning of the enterprise
we brought too much money.
The stuff we had was sufficient [Ex.36:7]
and our teacher asked us not to bring any more.

There is always the temptation
even when doing the holy work
to bring too much stuff.

Enough, our teacher said,
enough stuff
— bring your bones
.

jsg, usa

O holy Shabbes Inspiration Vayakhel
Maqam Hoseini
D [1/2] E-flat [1] F [1] G

Each Shabbes is associated with a maqam
Cognate maqom
Signifying Place.