March 17, 2018 ~ Shabbat VAYIQRA. Maqam RAST.

Digital Music Archive Collection and Liturgical Tradition Scholarship of the Syrian Sephardic Jewish community of Aleppo

طقوسي التقاليد والتسجيلات الموسيقية في المجتمع اليهودي السفارديم حلب السورية

הפזמונים והחזנות כמנהג ארם צובא - ק"ק חלף

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MAQAM OF THE WEEK: RAST or BAYAT            ויקרא

On Shabbat Vayiqra (Leviticus 1:1- 5:26), Maqam RAST is applied to the prayers, according to the Red Pizmonim Book, and at least 18 other sources. This maqam, defined as 'head' in Arabic (ras), and considered the "father of the maqamat," is always the first maqam used in any collection of Arabic songs. This relates here, because Vayiqra is the first perasha, or head, of Leviticus. This maqam also relates to this Torah portion, because, metaphorically speaking, sacrificing the 'head' of an animal is considered an atonement for one's head. HAZZANUT: As per the 1937 notes of H Moshe Ashear, when Shabbat Vayiqra coincides with Shabbat HaHodesh, Maqam BAYAT is applied, in order to use the melody of "Ashir LeEl Ayom" (page 256), a song about the months of the year, for Semehim Besetam. Sephardic Pizmonim Project,

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