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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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In the mid and late 1960s, American synagogue leaders everywhere began to receive complaints about a variety of issues--the need for tickets to attend High Holy Day services, the cost of those tickets, the selling of reserved seats to congregants who donated generously, the use of liturgies that had lost their relevance for many, the need to find some method of interaction between rabbis and passive congregants, the elaborate dressing-up for worship, and the need for greater lay participation in reading the Torah and Haftarah.
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But, our people are less concerned with proofs regarding multiple authors of the Bible, than they are with trying to understand how the weekly parasha or haftarah can inform the decisions they are making in their own lives, or how these stories of old can help them feel a connection to things in this universe greater than their own individual lives.
He notes in the first part of his interrogatory that Jews, even synagogue-going Jews get only snippets of the prophetic writings in the haftarah selections on Shabbat and only disciplined students really get to grapple with the poetics of Isaiah and Jeremiah.
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The source text has two forms, one found in II Samuel 22 (the haftarah for the seventh day of Passover), and the other in Psalm 18, the one prescribed for that day according to the custom of the Vilna Gaon (Ha-Gra).
My Haftarah reading was even shorter, four verses from the prophet Isaiah (54:1-4), who speaks of Noah (the name given to the chapters of the Torah from which I read), and who speaks of a "barren one," just as my Torah verses ended with a description of Sarai (Abram's wife, later Sarah) as "barren.