Maqam of the Week
For Shabbat Ki Tabo, the prayers are conducted in Maqam Sigah. This maqam, which is used for reading the Torah, is used to mark Temple ceremonies as well as when there is a special reading in the perasha. The beginning of the Torah portion discusses the reading of the special portion of the Torah when conducting the ceremony of bringing the first fruits (bikurim) to the Temple. In addition, Sigah is the maqam used on the holidays, and making pilgrimage to the Temple is traditionally done on the holidays. In regards to Torah Reading, it is Halabi tradition NOT to stop in the middle of the Tokheha (rebuke) portions. According to Mr Haim Shayo, the Halabi tradition of the last generation was that the Aliyah of Samoukh reads from 27:9-28:69 (and not stopping at 28:6). Being that this is the fourth Shabbat associated with the Selihot season (Month of Elul), it is traditional to apply the [Sigah] Selihot melody (Adon Yahid Yasad, page 67) for Semehim Besetam. MISHMARA: Tractate Bikkurim.