Pure Form

Shabbat Chazon the necessity to read the vision of Isaiah
on the Shabbes before Tisha B’Av
God gives us the remedy before the malady
it’s built in — this curative wisdom is built in before it’s prescribed
the vision before the fall
the hope before the destruction,

I can’t find the blessing in it
someone said to me over a cup of Joe
this always the problem in suffering
or in waiting even or in frustration
I can’t find the blessing in it.

On the Shabbes before the 9th of Av
we recall the destruction of the Temples
even on Tisha B’Av there is a buried holiness and seed for hope.

The name Shabbat Chazon
because the chazon the vision of Isaiah is read as the haftarah
a vision of the future Jerusalem — rebuilt, strong,
built on the resolution of the mistakes of the past.

From R. Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev
on Shabbes Chazon the vision of rebuilding the Temple
this is the Shabbes of vision of the third Temple
you can see it.

Feel this: always on the Shabbes just before Tisha B’Av
the black fast, the saddest day of the year
always preceded by Shabbat Chazon
a vision of the holy Temple rebuilt with the coming of the Messiah
the redemption we pray for daily.

Feel this: the proximity of what saves and what corrupts

the vision of an ascendant future and the losses of the past

the proximity of ascent and descent

what purifies what defiles.

Something purifying out of exile
something pure emerging out of suffering
Shabbat Chazon: a vision of ascent out of descent.

I found the blessing in it
do you feel it?

R. Gamaliel, R. Eliezer b. Azariah, R. Yehoshua, and R. Akiva
came to the Temple Mount
they saw a fox coming out of the Holy of Holies,
they all burst into tears, except Akiva
Akiva laughed.
[Makkot 24b]

Akiva said, old men and old women shall dwell again
in the streets of Jerusalem
and the streets of the city shall be full of children

— I know the prophecy.
Akiva saw something his friends did not
Akiva saw the future —
how dark the night, he said, how bright the day to come. [the Maharal]

The harder the fall, the higher the return
Akiva laughing.

The tradition tells us that in the future
when it is time
on what day do you suppose the Messiah will be born?

— the ninth of Av.

jsg, jerusalem

O holy Shabbes Devarim

Maqam Hijaz
According to one source, all other instances of maqam hijaz is mixed with maqam bayat.

Only Shabbat Devarim, Shabbat Hazon does hijaz appear in its pure form.

A maqam is a musical figure. Each Shabbat is associated with a particular maqam.

Maqam Hijaz D [1/2] E-flat [1 ½] F# [1/2] G