May 22, 2013 ~ Shabbat BEHA'ALOTEKHA. Maqam SIGAH.
God sets laws for the priesthood. The sacred days are ordained. Shabbat and the Festivals-Pesah, Shavuot, and Sukkot-along with Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are prescribed for all generations.
2013- For the Shabbat prior to Lag L'Omer, Maqam SIGAH (maqam used for Torah readings) is applied. Lag L'Omer is the holiday that commemorates the end of the plague as well as the anniversary of the death of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yohai, inspiration of the Zohar. Maqam Sigah is applied, because the two melodies of "Bar Yohai" (page 61), which are in this maqam, are applied throughout the Shabbat prayers. Other pizmonim appropriate for this holiday include Shubi Ha'adi (page 280), Ohil Yom Yom Eshta'eh (page 345), and Ish Elohim Qadosh Hu (page 418). ALIYOT: On weekdays, the Aleppo custom is to repeat verse 21:6, as not to start an aliyah with the negative words "Isha Zona." MISHMARA: Tractates Beissa & Yoma (Sephardic Pizmonim Project, www.pizmonim.com).
2012- For Shabbat Emor
(Leviticus 21:1-24:23), Maqam Ashiran [Hoseni], is the appropriate maqam
to apply for the prayers according to most Halabi sources. Maqam Sigah
shouldn't be applied, because this is not the Shabbat prior to Lag
LaOmer, and Sigah is reserved specifically for this occasion. Others
disagree and still apply Sigah, based on the content of the perasha
(Priestly Laws & Holiday Rituals). ALIYOT: For the Weekday Torah
There are a number of opinions as to which maqam to use for this Shabbat, Shabbat Emor. Firstly, even though the Red Book says Sigah, this maqam should NOT be used until Shabbat Behuqotai, which is the Shabbat prior to Lag La'Omer. The second opinion in the Red Book is Maqam Hoseni, and this is a valid opinion. This week is the second week after the Passover festival, and H. Moshe Ashear had a tradition of applying Maqam Nahwand for this Shabbat. It has also become a community tradition in Brooklyn for many years to apply Maqam Nahwand for this Shabbat, which is the Shabbat prior to Israel Independence Day. This year, the Chief Rabbinate of Israel declared that Israeli Independence Day celebrations should be observed on 6 Iyar in order to avoid conflicts with Shabbat observance.
Emor, Ezekiel 41-43 Daniel 4-6 Betzah and Yoma
Betzah: (ביצה) ("Egg"); (So called from the first word, but originally termed, according to its subject, Yom Tov - "Holidays") deals chiefly with the rules to be observed on Yom Tov.
Yoma: (יומא) ("Day"); called also "Kippurim" or "Yom ha-Kippurim" ("Day of Atonement"); deals with the prescriptions Yom Kippur, especially the ceremony by the Kohen Gadol.
Beysa- This mishnah talks about the laws of the yom tob holiday, and this perasha discusses all the holidays
Yoma- the laws of yom kippur are also mentioned in this perasha