#31 Emor  (Maqam Sigah)

Maqam Sigah - from the Persian 'third,' as it takes root from the third note of the Rast scale. Sigah is applied on holidays and for the third portions of some books of the Torah; this maqam is used for the cantillation of the Torah in Syrian tradition, and is closely associated with the holiday of Purim.



O holy Priest-man of the old Temple

For he is holy to God      [Lev.21:7]

Father to son

Ki kadosh hu

Because he is holy to his G*d.


Next verse

You shall make him holy    [21:8]

Who is you?


Priest-man is holy because he serves --

He has earned his holiness cred

By serving