May 18, 2013 ~ Shabbat NASO. Maqam SABA.
God ordains the sacrifice of a red heifer to purify those having contact with the dead. Miriam dies. When the people complain about a lack of water, Moses strikes a rock, instead of speaking to it as God instructs; consequently, God informs Moses that he may not enter the promised land. The Israelites skirt Edom when it refuses them safe passage. Aaron dies. After conquering the Canaanites and Amorites, Israel encamps in Moab, across the Jordan from Jericho.
For Shabbat Huqat (Numbers 19:1-22:1), services are conducted in Maqam HOSENI (higher version of Maqam Bayat). Hoseni (the maqam used for Matan Torah) is applied, because the idea of following the laws of Parah Adumah, a "Hoq" (statute; interpreted by some as ‘a law without an explanation’) reflects the spirit of "Matan Torah" (i.e. of following a rule without knowing its explanation). As previously mentioned, traditionally, this perasha was always combined with Perashat Qorah, thereby assigning Maqam Hoseni for Qorah-Huqat combined. ALIYOT: Do not stop at 19:9 ("LeMei Niddah Hattat Hee"), rather the correct stops for the first three Aliyot are: 19:3, 19:6, 19:17. Sixth Aliyah ends 21:20 and this includes the Shirah. MISHMARA: Tractate Parah (Sephardic Pizmonim Project, www.pizmonim.com).
Parah: ("Cow"); deals largely with the laws of the Red Heifer.
The perasha opens with Parah Adumah.