#16 Beshalach  (Maqam Ajam)

Maqam Ajam - Named for the Arabic word for 'Persian,' is applied upon joyous occasions. Though the notes that comprise its scale are the same as those of the Western major scale, its performance in an Arabic setting includes modulations offering alternative colors.


Your Healer

Three days into the wilderness

no water.

Marah, cannot drink the water, bitter.

Ma Nishteh -- what do we drink?

He turned around

God showed him a piece of wood

It’s a tree of life to those who hold onto it.


He threw the piece of wood into the water

the water turned sweet. 


I am Hashem, your healer --

drink me.