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or haf·to·rah (häf′tä-rä′, häf-tôr′ə)
n. pl. haf·ta·rot or haf·to·rot Judaism
A passage selected from the Prophets, read in synagogue services on the Sabbath following each lesson from the Torah.

[Mishnaic Hebrew hapṭārâ, conclusion, from hipṭîr, to conclude, dismiss, derived stem of Hebrew pāṭar, to separate, discharge; see pṭr in Indo-European roots.]


(hɑːfˈtəʊrə; Hebrew haftaˈraː) or


n, pl -taroth (-ˈtəʊrəʊt; Hebrew -taˈroːt)
(Judaism) Judaism a short reading from the Prophets which follows the reading from the Torah on Sabbaths and festivals, and relates either to the theme of the Torah reading or to the observances of the day. See also maftir


or haph•ta•rah

(hɑfˈtɔr ə, -ˈtoʊr ə, ˌhɑf tɑˈrɑ)

n., pl. -ta•rahs, -ta•roth, -ta•rot (-tɑˈrɔt)
a portion of the Prophets read in the synagogue on the Sabbath and holy days immediately after the parashah.
[1890–95; < Hebrew haphṭārāh literally, finish, ending]
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Noun1.Haftarah - a short selection from the Prophets read on every Sabbath in a Jewish synagogue following a reading from the Torah
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