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 Paran   5:12 - John Zorn, Dave Douglas, Greg Cohen, Joey Baron     6          
 Halisah   6:27 - John Zorn, Dave Douglas, Greg Cohen, Joey Baron                    
 Yoreh   6:50 - John Zorn, Dave Douglas, Greg Cohen, Joey Baron                
 Beeroth   4:13 - John Zorn, Dave Douglas, Greg Cohen, Joey Baron                  
 Hobah   11:38 - John Zorn, Dave Douglas, Greg Cohen, Joey Baron                  
 Neshamah   6:06 - John Zorn, Dave Douglas, Greg Cohen, Joey Baron                    
 Lakum   3:11 - John Zorn, Dave Douglas, Greg Cohen, Joey Baron       4          
 Makedah   8:36 - John Zorn, Dave Douglas, Greg Cohen, Joey Baron                    
 Hafla'ah   4:55 - John Zorn, Dave Douglas, Greg Cohen, Joey Baron                  
 Recorded at POWER STATION, NYC on July 16&17, 1995 (see chronology)


PARAN (track featured on Masada 5, Bar Kokhba and Live in Middelheim)


And Moshe sent them out from the desert of Paran, according to the word of G-d; all of them were men, they were heads of the children of Israel. [torah.org]


"Ayleh hadevorim asher deebare Moshe..." - these are the words that Moshe spoke - "bein Paran uvein Tofel v'Lavan vaChatzairos v'Dee Zahav" - between Paran and between Tofel and Lavan and Chatzairos and Dee Zahav. [torah.org]

Paran - abounding in foliage, or abounding in caverns, (Gen. 21:21), a desert tract forming the north-eastern division of the peninsula of Sinai, lying between the 'Arabah on the east and the wilderness of Shur on the west. It is intersected in a north-western direction by the Wady el-'Arish. It bears the modern name of Badiet et-Tih, i.e., "the desert of the wanderings." This district, through which the children of Israel wandered, lay three days' march from Sinai (Num. 10:12, 33). From Kadesh, in this wilderness, spies (q.v.) were sent to spy the land (13:3, 26). Here, long afterwards, David found refuge from Saul (1 Sam. 25:1, 4).

Paran, Mount - probably the hilly region or upland wilderness on the north of the desert of Paran forming the southern boundary of the Promised Land (Deut. 33:2; Hab. 3:3).

[Easton's Bible dictionary]

HALISAH (track featured on Masada 5 only)

seems to me as mispronounciacion of Haliza - a custom of Jews when the younger brother does not want to marry the widow of his elder brother that does not have any children. He has to release her from the duty of the widow to marry him. This ceremony is called Haliza [Tauber]

YOREH (track featured on Masada 5, Live in Taipei and Live in Sevilla)


The Rema in the Shulchan Aruch, the Code of Jewish Law, (Yoreh De'ah 265:12) writes: It is customary to make a festive meal on the Shabbos eve after the birth of a baby boy.


To each young man the sage had a simple reply. "Look at the Pischei Tshuva in Yoreh Deah," he nodded at one.

BEEROTH (track featured on Masada 5, Live in Sevilla)


wells, one of the four cities of the Hivites which entered by fraud into a league with Joshua. It belonged to Benjamin (Josh. 18:25). It has by some been identified with el-Bireh on the way to Nablus, 10 miles north of Jerusalem.

Beeroth of the children of Jaakan - (Deut. 10:6). The same as Bene-jaakan (Num. 33:31).

[Easton's Bible dictionary]

HOBAH (track featured on Masada 5, Live in NYC)

Hobab - beloved, the Kenite, has been usually identified with Jethro (q.v.), Ex. 18:5, 27; comp. Num. 10:29, 30. In Judg. 4:11, the word rendered "father-in-law" means properly any male relative by marriage (comp. Gen. 19:14, "son-in-law," A.V.), and should be rendered "brother-in-law," as in the R.V. His descendants followed Israel to Canaan (Num. 10:29), and at first pitched their tents near Jericho, but afterwards settled in the south in the borders of Arad (Judg. 1:8-11, 16).

[Easton's Bible dictionary]

NESHAMAH (track featured on Masada 5 only)


The Gaon, Rabbi Eliyahu Kramer, explains that there are four elements to a person in Jewish thought: the basic life-force (Nefesh), spirit (Ruach), soul (Neshamah), and the body. [torah.org]

LAKUM (track featured on Masada 5 and Live in Sevilla)

to get up, to stand up [Tauber]

MAKEDAH (track featured on Masada 5 only)

misprint for Makkedah : herdsman's place, one of the royal cities of the Canaanites (Josh. 12:16), near which was a cave where the five kings who had confederated against Israel sought refuge (10:10-29). They were put to death by Joshua, who afterwards suspended their bodies upon five trees. It has been identified with the modern village called Sumeil, standing on a low hill about 7 miles to the north-west of Eleutheropolis (Beit Jibrin), where are ancient remains and a great cave. The Palestine Exploration surveyors have, however, identified it with el-Mughar, or "the caves," 3 miles from Jabneh and 2 1/2 southwest of Ekron, because, they say, "at this site only of all possible sites for Makkedah in the Palestine plain do caves still exist."

[Easton's Bible dictionary]

HAFLA'AH (track featured on Masada 5 and Live in Taipei)


The Rambam (Maimonides) termed the section of his Mishneh Torah dealing with those laws concerning utterances (vows, promises, oaths, etc.) Sefer HaFla'ah - The Book of Amazement. The word "Peleh" ("Wonder" or "marvel," to which HaFla'ah is related) is used in other contexts to refer to speech. [torah.org]


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