May 23, 2013 ~ Shabbat BEHA'ALOTEKHA. Maqam SIGAH.
Moses had recorded, stage by stage, the journeys of the children of Israel: from Egypt to Sinai, from Kadesh to Edom. Now, “in the plains of Moad by the Jordan near Jericho,” God describes the extent of Israel’s inheritance. God provides for the division of Canaan, and for the establishment of Levitical cities and cities of refuge.
2011- For Shabbat Mas'ei, the prayers are conducted in Maqam Nawah or Saba, according to most sources. Nawah, which is cited as the proper maqam according to the notes of Moshe Ashear A"H, would specifically be appropriate, because it is the maqam used for ending a Humash. The melody of this maqam is the same one used for "Bameh Madliqin" during Qabbalat Shabbat. Saba would be appropriate because the meaning of the word 'Saba' is army, and this portion discusses all of the stops that the Israelites with their army made in the desert. Appropriate pizmon: "Se'u Siona Nes VaDegel," page 237-c. Important note regarding the Torah Reading; according to strict Halabi tradition, there is no stopping in the middle of the masse'ot (42 journey locations). That is why Aliyat Levi (33:4-49) is a very long aliya even when there are only 3 olim. Nowadays many minyanim don't abide by the above rule and stop for Levi at 33:10 (Yam Souf) and Shelishi at 33:15 (Bemidbar Sinai). Mishmara: Tractate Eduyot (Information from Haim Shayo).
Eduyot (עדויות, Testimonies) presents case studies of legal disputes in Mishnaic times and the miscellaneous testimonies that illustrate various Sages and principles of halakha.
Discussing who is a good witness and who you can trust.