February 20, 2018 ~ Shabbat ZAKHOR. Maqam SIGAH.

Digital Music Archive Collection and Liturgical Tradition Scholarship of the Syrian Sephardic Jewish community of Aleppo

طقوسي التقاليد والتسجيلات الموسيقية في المجتمع اليهودي السفارديم حلب السورية

הפזמונים והחזנות כמנהג ארם צובא - ק"ק חלף

נערך ע"י דויד מעתוק בטיש הלוי וידידיו בניו יורק וגם בירושלים הבירה בשם נעים זמירות ישראל כה"ר גבריאל אברהם שרים וגם יצחק יעקב כבאסו ס"ט

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 שנת חמשת אלפים שבע מאות ששים ושתים ליצירה


מקאם סיגא נגונים
יביעון שפתי שירה נשמת
אל עושה נקמה שועת
יום הנסים והפורקן  ההודאות
אברך את  קדיש
אור גילה  שמחים
תם ונשלם  ממצרים
אלי צור ישועתי  נקדישך
יה אלי צור משגבי  פזמון ספר תורה

For Shabbat Tessave (Exodus 27:20- 30:10), the morning prayers are conducted in Maqam SIGAH according to all Aleppo sources. The perasha opens with the commandment to take olive oil and kindle the eternal light (Ner Tamid). There is a connection between the Torah and light; as it states in Proverbs 6:23, "Ki Ner Missvah VeTorah Ohr." SIGAH relates to the Torah, because it is the maqam applied for the melody of chanting the Torah. HAZZANUT: Nishmat: Yebiun Sefatai Shirah (discusses the light of the Menora). This song is also appropriate for Shabbat Miqes (Shabbat Hanukka), and Shabbat Behaalotekha. 

This year, Shabbat Tessave is also Shabbat Zakhor, the Shabbat prior to Purim. Coincidentally, SIGAH is also the maqam appropriate for Shabbat Zakhor (whether or not it falls on Shabbat Tessave). There are a number of explanations for this. A practical explanation to this is because the vast majority of the pizmonim for Purim are in this maqam. A secondary explanation of how SIGAH relates to Purim is because in the days of Mordekhai, the Jews repented and returned to the Torah (Talmud Shabbat 88a). In addition, when it says in Esther 8:16 that the Jews had "light", this is specifically alluding to the light of the Torah. Sephardic Pizmonim Project, www.pizmonim.com

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