#52 Vayelech  (Maqam Bayat)

Maqam Bayat - from the Arabic word for 'oath.' Bayat is one of the most common of the Arabic Maqamat; it takes the form of a minor scale, with the second note occuring as a quarter tone.


I Was There


He spoke to his successor told him a couple of 

things but what I remember most is the phrase 

be strong and courageous I loved it when he 

talked courage he was one of the few who did.

He said don’t be afraid G*d would accompany 

us G*d would not have brought us this far to let 

us go on alone he said.


Then he sat down and wrote the teachings he 

wrote the entire document so we would have 

something for sure to teach and tell the future 

he wrote it down for us the whole thing.

When he was done G*d began to speak with 

him. Your days are drawing near to die go get 

your successor and stand in the Tent of 

Meeting I’ll give him final instructions.

They stood in the tent of meeting and G*d 

appeared in a pillar of cloud so I didn’t catch 



What I heard was difficult it was about the 

future and what we would forget and how 

someone would have to remind us now and 

again what we are all about.


So he wrote out the teachings then he made 

up a song he taught us the song that day it was 

a song or a poem and some of it was heard 

and is known and some of it remains secret.

There is a known song and a secret song a 

known poem and a secret poem one is flesh 

and form the other bone and spirit.