#9 Vayesheb  (Maqam Nahawand)

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.


I Dreamed

I dreamed a dream

we were walking through a field

then we were alone in a small valley

a true emek

it was beautiful just like in the story

all the flowers brightly colored.


It was just as it is supposed to be

the deep significance of events clarified in the dream

just as Rashi the poet predicted

the events released their deep significance

just as Rashi described them

only in color


The story opened to me like a flower

a field of stories



I’ll tell it to you again if you like --

the whole story.


Genesis 37:14

Va-yish-lachei-hu mei-emek Hevron