The Jews of the Arab world, from Aleppo, Cairo, and Damascus, were great lovers of this music, and they came to assign musical modes to each Torah portion, based upon the colors of  the weekly wisdom.   I thought - why not create a modern articulation for this beautiful practice of joining music and word?  This is MAQAM. You have arrived at the Place. Welcome.      

Rabbi Zach Fredman


Rabbi James Stone GoodmanRabbi Zach Fredman and the Epichorus present a weekly video series, offering a palette of little wisdoms by way of the Arabic musical tradition – Maqam.   According to ancient Sephardi custom, every Torah portion is associated with a musical mode called a MAQAM: a set of notes, the relationships between them, traditions, patterns and expression.  

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This is a project of The New Shul's Rabbinic Chavurah.