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Tosfiyos Megila 23a gives 3 reasons. 1- Since the Maftir of Shabbos has only 2 Pesukim and we do not read less than 3 Pesukim. We can not start from a earlier or finish with a later Pasuk as it has nothing to do with Shabbos. 2- The Haftora has to do with what we just finished reading, and if every Shabbos we read the same Maftir then all the Haftoras ...
Perhaps by rights it's true that on the first day (or two days) we should start with 28:17, but then we'd be violating the rule that we don't begin an aliyah within three verses of a parashah break (open or closed). On the other hand, verse 19 is already three verses away from the parashah break, and so there's no problem starting there on Chol Hamoed.
Perhaps this answers my own question: I managed to locate a phone number and just called long distance to a descendent of the Huncovce Horowitz family and asked him about this. My erroneous assumption was that the Haftorah had to be sung with the Haftorah trope, which often needs to be practiced some beforehand. But he assured me there are still many ...
Conceivably, another point might be the fact that maftir is more of a "public performance," so to speak, than the other aliyos. Nowadays most people who get an aliyah don't read their own portion, but the maftir nearly always does (except on the rare occasions where someone is called up for it and doesn't know how to read it properly).
I don't really know why, but here are two possible ideas: Acharon, Acharon Chaviv (The last is the most beloved) - Rashi Bereshit 33:2 To give the same Aliya to every bar mitzvah boy (or bridegroom). Since the bar mitzvah boy (or the bridegroom) may be a Kohen or a Levi, he couldn't get any other Aliyah besides the Kohen, Levi, or Maftir Aliyah. If the bar ...
Many Chasidishe Shuls give Maftir to the Bar Mitzva boy the week prior to his actual Bar Mitzva. They can not give the Bar Mitzva boy any other Aliya as he is still a Katan. Those Chasidishe Shuls that give the Aliya after the Bar Mitzva give a regular Aliya, not Maftir. I would imagine that this Minhag of giving a week prior has led to some giving it the ...
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