maftir


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maftir

(ˈmɑftir)
n
1. (Judaism) the final section of the weekly Torah reading
2. (Judaism) the person to whom it is read, who also reads the Haftarah
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Yet, Duchman is no ordinary Rabbi and nor is the way he sells the distinct honor of reading the Maftir Yonah, as it is known.
While one child will read the story, people from all around the globe can chip in to the efforts and indeed reap the benefits and blessings of this unique Maftir Yonah.
He clearly had links with Jewish religious life as a young boy because he celebrated his bar-mitzvah by reciting the maftir and haftorah of Balak and there are records also that he played the piano at synagogue functions.
In the days preceding purim and on purim itself, we read three times of the struggle of the Jewish people against the forces of evil, personified as Amalek: first, in the special maftir from Deuteronomy 25 read on Shabbat Zachor (the Sabbath when we are admonished to remember Amalek); next, in the halfarah for Shabbat Zachor, from chapter 15 of I Samuel, which tells of the Jewish people's war with Amalek under the leadership of King Saul; and third, in Megillat Esther, where the Jews' enemies are identified as descendants of the Amalekite King Agag, who appears in chapter 15 of I Samuel.
Except that before that, he needed to engage a rabbi to teach the boy the maftir portion as well as a fine tri-lingual speech in Yiddish, English, and Hebrew.
And so it was inscribed that the maftir for the reading of "Lekh lekha" was assigned to the president's son.
The person who will read the haftarah is called, and the maftir repeated from the Torah reading so as not to "shame" the person who is called to read from the prophets, as opposed to the Torah.
A more authentic model would be the reading for fast days, where the person receiving the last aliyah reads the maftir.