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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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Apart from the general introduction to the series, each volume has the Torah text in Hebrew, the Targum in Aramaic, an English translation of the Targum, a page-by-page commentary, an appendix with additional notes, a section of Onkelos highlights and discussion points, and the Hebrew text of the haftarot with a translation of their Aramaic Targumim.
The Living Torah: The Five Books of Moses and the Haftarot.
The fourteen essays cover a history of research (such as an overview of Carta Pecudian Literis), studies in Hebrew fragments (the reconstruction of a Sefer Haftarot, a Midrash Tanhuma fragment in the Russian State Library, fragments of Josephus, and the ledger of a Jewish pawn broker), and regional projects (Switzerland's medieval Hebrew manuscript, newly found fragments from Bavaria, spines from the book collection of a Yemenite community, and medieval fragments from the Jewish Museum of Vienna).
The first Sephardic title with an artistic frame is a Torah with haftarot and megillot printed in 1487-48 in Hijar, Aragon by Eliezer ben Abraham Alantansi.
With a heart heavy with shame, I sought solace in this week's haftorah, the sixth of seven haftarot of consolation, read between Tisha B'Av and Rosh Hashanah.
The Book of Haftarot For Shabbat, Festivals, and Fast Days
For a helpful discussion see Michael Fishbane, The JPS Bible Commentary: Haftarot (Philadelphia:Jewish Publication Society, 2002), 316.
And it should be noted that not a few of the Haftarot, the prophetic lections read following the Torah service, make explicit mention of Israel's elect status.
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Etz Hayim: Torah and Commentary and The Torah: A Modern Commentary Revised Edition includes the traditional haftarot (additional prophetical readings for the synagogue liturgy) and commentaries upon them.
This week's haftorah, the fourth in a series of seven haftarot of consolation following Tisha B'Av, begins on a strange note.
The JPS Bible Commentary: Haftarot, Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society, 2002.