I joyfully teach kids and adults how to chant the words of the Siddur, as well as the proper way to recite a haftarah
or read from the Torah.
With a shorter Torah service and no Haftarah
(reading from the Prophets), maybe there will be less pressure.
Isaiah 58, the haftarah
portion read on Yom Kippur, addresses fasting as "No, this is the fast I desire: To unlock fetters of wickedness and untie the cords of the yoke to let the oppressed go free; to break off every yoke."
Nor does our picture of nezirut grow any clearer when we turn from the section of text in which its laws are recorded to the Haftarah
associated with that particular Torah portion of Naso.
"A very heavy ritualistic view of what observing a day of atonement means is in the Torah reading, and a completely social-justice-oriented version of what it means is in the haftarah
* Bob memorized his haftarah
for his 1957 bar mitzvah from a record but promptly erased it from his memory to make room for baseball trivia.
"We saw in this week's haftarah
, King Saul defied Hashem and showed compassion for Agag the Amalekite, the ancestor of Haman, who later sought Israel's destruction.
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Each week there is also a Haftarah
or additional portion from other parts of the Bible.
The reading of the Torah as part of the synagogue service on Sabbaths and fast days is followed by reading a selection from one of the prophetic books, known as the 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.