#3 Lekh-Lekha  (Maqam Saba)

Maqam - a set of notes, with traditions that define the relationship between them, their patterns and expression.  A musical mode.  The Maqamat (plural) are patient, inwardly drawn, they are roomy enough for poetry. We worked the concept of the give-and-take between poetry and music.


Something Partial

Something partial


broken –


In Abraham’s generation

only the future could repair.

Only Children of Abraham

all the Isaacs and Ishmaels of the future:

Make a path for your children;

Everything that happened to them

will happen to you.

From atop Ezekiel’s chariot

Avraham saw and understood everything.

Amen, he whispered.


Kol ma she’ira lo

Ira l’vanav.


Lech lecha

Maqam Saba

Sabi: baby boy

D    E half-flat   F   G flat


Bereshit Rabbah 40:6