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MAQAM OF THE WEEK- HAYE SARAH: חיי שרה

והמלך דוד זקן חיי שרה
מקאם חג’אז נגונים
אתוהי כמה רברבין נשמת
רוכב עבים שועת
מרומי ברך  ההודאות
נדה אני  קדיש
בואי ברנה חג’אז  שמחים
שמח נפשי  ממצרים
שיך סלאמה חג’אזי  נקדישך
אתה צורי  פזמון ספר תורה

On Shabbat Haye Sarah (Genesis 23:1-25:18), Maqam HIJAZ, which is named after the Arabian Peninsula, is applied to the prayers according to all Aleppo sources (Damascus sources indicate to apply Maqam SABA for most sad occasions). This maqam is reserved for sadness and it is warranted here, because we read about the death of Sarah. According to Gabriel A Shrem, Maqam Bayat should be mixed in with Maqam Hijaz in order to differentiate this from Shabbat Hazon, which is viewed as much sadder. HAZZANUT (H Moshe Ashear): Semehim: Boee BeRinah (Maqam Hijaz version; page 156). MISHMARA: Haye Sarah, Judges 12-end…

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