I Give You My Soul

I Give You My Soul

I am a turning soul, M says
I have no face
no body
nothing really
all I have is a soul
I give it to you
Here I am with my soul [3:4] in my hand
it’s all I have
[mesirat nefesh]
I give you my soul
that always saves me.

G says,

don’t worry yourselves
I give you my soul
I will be with you for the whole story
restore you
take you out from here
save you forever.
I give you my soul. [3:7-8]

We are saving each other with nothing
giving up our separate selves
handing over our souls
the only enduring offering —

ceasing to be

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O holy Shabbes Inspiration Shemot
Maqam Rast

C D E half-flat F

Every Shabbat is associated with a musical figure called a *maqam,

The Philosopher Avicenna (d. 1037)
Identified 12 principal modes
Or maqamat
Singular maqam
From “place” (Arabic) Hebrew cognate Maqom.

Ethical and cosmological implications
Signs of zodiac
Times of day and night
Poetic meter
Healings and treatments,

Each week a musical figure —