MAQAM OF THE WEEK- VAYIGASH: ויגש

Sefardi Beit Sefer

ואתה בן אדםויגש
מקאם ביאתנגונים
יה אלי מהרנשמת
מה טוב חלקךשועת
בעדי יה בעדי ההודאות
אל נעלה רפא קדיש
מכון לשבתך עולמים שמחים
הבו גודל ממצרים
אבי כחותם שימני נקדישך
אל דורשה נפשי פזמון ספר תורה

For Shabbat Vayigash (Genesis 44:18-47:27), Maqam BAYAT is applied to the prayers according to some sources. According to Arabic sources, the definition of the word ‘BAYAT’ is an oath of allegiance to an emir when one sells themselves and pledges their loyalty. In our case, the BAYAT is performed by Judah, speaking on behalf of his brothers, who sells himself completely to Joseph (the emir) and declares loyaly to him. Similarly, Maqam BAYAT is used at a Bar Mitzvah, because one makes the BAYAT commitment to observe the missvot and declare loyalty to God. According to other sources, Maqam MAHOUR (Shrem source) or SIGAH (Damascus…

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