Small alef; poetry

Every Shabbat is associated with a musical figure called a *maqam,
Arabic cognate to Hebrew maqom, Place.

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 Torah portion is associated with a musical figure
Each individual has a particular melody —


Occupation please — [47:3]
we’re shepherds.

Oud playing shepherds
we also play flutes.

Our ancestors
Also shepherds.

We’re quiet
We speak the Maqams.

Maqam Bayat (D E half-flat F G)
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