Definitions for haftarahhɑfˈtɔr ə, -ˈtoʊr ə, ˌhɑf tɑˈrɑ; -tɑˈrɔt

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haf•ta•rahhɑfˈtɔr ə, -ˈtoʊr ə, ˌhɑf tɑˈrɑ; -tɑˈrɔt(n.)(pl.)-ta•rahs; -ta•roth, -ta•rot

or haph•ta•rah

  1. a portion of the Prophets read in the synagogue on the Sabbath and holy days immediately after the parashah.

    Category: Judaism

Origin of haftarah:

1890–95; < Heb haphṭārāh lit., finish, ending

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Haftorah, Haftarah, Haphtorah, Haphtarah(noun)

    a short selection from the Prophets read on every Sabbath in a Jewish synagogue following a reading from the Torah

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  1. Haftarah

    The haftarah or haftoroh is a series of selections from the books of Nevi'im of the Hebrew Bible that is publicly read in synagogue as part of Jewish religious practice. The Haftarah reading follows the Torah reading on each Sabbath and on Jewish festivals and fast days. Typically, the haftarah is thematically linked to the parasha that precedes it. The haftarah is sung in a chant. Related blessings precede and follow the Haftarah reading. The origin of haftarah reading is lost to history, and several theories have been proposed to explain its role in Jewish practice, suggesting it arose in response to the persecution of the Jews under Antiochus Epiphanes which preceded the Maccabean revolt, wherein Torah reading was prohibited, or that it was "instituted against the Samaritans, who denied the canonicity of the Prophets, and later against the Sadducees." The Talmud mentions that a haftarah was read in the presence of Rabbi Eliezer ben Hyrcanus, who lived c.70 CE, and in the Christian New Testament several references suggest this Jewish custom was in place during that era.

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