#1 Bereshit (Maqam Rast)
Maqam Rast - similar to the Arabic word for 'head,' Rast is applied to the opening portions of each book of the Torah and at other beginnings. Rast is the primary maqam from which all other maqamat are drawn.
This is the beginning and the end
As if the linear does not apply
It’s a circle a cycle a spiral
We ascend with the ending
We begin Genesis
The end implies the beginning
By the beginning we are not naïve to the end.
Ouroboros, the self-devouring serpent
first living being
Turn it and turn it
For everything is contained within
By Yochanan Ben Bag Bag
Who knew the chambers of the Torah.
-James Stone Goodman
Tosefta Ketuvim 5:1
Sefat Emet on Genesis