May 24, 2013 ~ Shabbat BEHA'ALOTEKHA. Maqam SIGAH.
God charges Aaron to light the seven-branched menorah. The Levites are purified; a second Pesah offering is ordained for those unable to participate in the first. Israel sets forth from Sinai. As the Ark is carried forward, Moses cries: “Arise, Adonai! May Your enemies be scattered; may Your foes be put to flight.” When the Ark rests, Moses declares: “Adonai, may You dwell among the myriad families of Israel.” In the wilderness, Moses’ leadership is challenged several times.
For Shabbat Beha'alotekha (Numbers 8:1-12:16), the third perasha of Sefer Bemidbar, prayers are conducted in Maqam SIGAH (which means ‘third’ in Persian). This maqam, associated with priestly ceremonies and with the building of the Mishkan (tabernacle), is appropriate, because the reading begins with the building of the Menorah. Maqam Sigah is familiar to most, because it is the melody of our Torah Readings. MISHMARA: Tractate Tamid (Sephardic Pizmonim Project, www.pizmonim.com).
Tamid: (תמיד, "Always"); Outlines the procedure of the Tamid (daily sacrifice).
The pasuk says "ken yiheye tamid he'anan yechasenu umar'eh esh layla".