Sefardi Beit Sefer

On Shabbat Vayishlah (the eighth perasha of the Torah; Genesis 32:4-36:43), Maqam SABA is applied to the prayers, because Esau’s army (Hebrew: SABA) approaches Jacob. Another explanation for SABA is because the people of Shekhem are tricked into circumcisions (and SABA is the maqam for circumcisions). Many sources disagree with the above selection and indicate to apply Maqam SIGAH-IRAQ instead. An explanation for the usage of Maqam SIGAH-IRAQ (maqam used for building structures for the tabernacle) is due to Jacob building altars at Beit El and Shekhem. Maqam SIGAH will be familiar to most, because it is utilized for reading the Torah. PIZMON: Nibhar Yedid (page 433). ALIYOT: The episode of Dinah, which is in the Fifth Aliyah (34:1- 35:3), is one long uninterrupted aliyah. MISHMARA: Vayishlah, 1 Samuel 14-25, Psalms 74-79, Mishnah Mo’ed Katan and Horayot (Sephardic Pizmonim Project, http://www.pizmonim.com).

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