The Last of Exodus

O holy Shabbes Inspiration Pekudei
Maqam Nawa C D E-flat F sharp

Nawa is a maqam associated with Pesach, also with the end of a book of the Torah.

More of the beloved Mishkan
the sanctuary in the Wilderness
in all its delightful details.

These are the Pekudei [Ex.38:21]
of the mishkan
there’s that word again
never will I forget your pekudim
for through them
You have given me
life. [Psalms 119:93]

God pakad Sara [Gen.21:1]
and she conceived Isaac

— thought of, remembered, visited
attended to —
these are the attended to details
of the Mishkan, the sanctuary.

Mishkan: the place of indwelling
Shekhinah, to dwell within
God comes and dwells within;
the place of two worlds uniting,

these are the pekudei of the Mishkan
the attention to details
as they were given according to the command
of Moses.

But Moses didn’t know what to do
he needed Betzalel
who was born with his wheels on
bearer of tools.

God imagined the design
all the aspects of the Upper World
were created in the Lower World
God showed it to Moses
who couldn’t see the pattern.
And see that you make them after their pattern,
God said,
which is being shown you in the mountain. [Ex.25:40].

Oh the pattern,
Moses said.

The Holy One took Moses by the hand
showed him every detail from the Upper form
after which Moses built it in the earthly form.

Moses was shown through a dark glass
as it were
a reflection of all the parts of the Mishkan
as they existed in the Highest form.
Moses was again confused
so God said,

trust your intuition.
Follow your inclinations here,
and I will follow Mine. [Zohar]

Moses, lured by perfectability
created the Mishkan out of all his humanly imperfections

This gave Moses the permission he needed
to make it imperfect but with the right supernal pattern in mind
the two Temples were destroyed
but the Mishkan always
so he built it
off a wooded area
someone carved a sign out of heavy wood
beads were strung to make an archway
for the Kallah, the Sabbath bride
music was brought in from North Africa
Alabama and Detroit,
and the empty spaces,

cakes and challahs were imported from
the tribe of superior people
over the River,

the mysterious thirty-six
were typically present
and they all showed up
whether well attended or not:

the Holy One always
his family
Betzalel always
the ancestors
the ancestors especially

and all the holy and pure ones
who shine like the highest shining of heaven
whose presence was acknowledged
at every meeting.

At the end of this particular parashah
which we called Pekudei
all the voices joined in
the very last sound
after silence:


be strong
be strong

and may we be strengthened.