Is there a good source for in-depth study of the weekly haftorah? I'm thinking of things like historical references, explanations of prophecies, etc.

Online or print would work.

Something that will give some background to the Haftorah.

  • Are you interested in commentaries on the passage used as the haftara (i.e. commentaries on Navi) or in commentaries on the choice of haftara (e.g. connections to the parasha)? Or both?
    – msh210
    Jul 19, 2013 at 6:22
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    @msh210: both. If I wanted to learn the Haftorah on its own, without having to read the rest of the sefer for context, that's what I'm looking for.
    – Menachem
    Jul 19, 2013 at 7:23
  • +1 I find Haftarot are a very under-utilized resource by givers of Shabbat Divrei Torah.
    – Double AA
    Jul 19, 2013 at 13:54
  • Note, though, that out-of-context studies of random sections of Neviim is no replacement for actually learning the books that God thought it was worth recording for future generations.
    – Double AA
    Jul 19, 2013 at 13:56
  • urimpublications.com/…
    – Double AA
    Jan 4, 2016 at 16:49

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This is what I've found so far:

  • Torah.org Haftorah by Rabbi Dovid Siegel. The Rabbi:
    • presents a general overview of the Haftorah together with historic background
    • isolates a hidden theme of the Haftorah
    • Finds a common thread which runs through the haftorah and the weekly Torah portion.
    • uses commentaries and midrashic sources to reveals ethic and moral lessons contained within the Haftorah.
  • Haftorahman, by Reuben Ebrahimoff
    • a weekly newsletter devoted entirely to the weekly Haftorah. It is designed specifically to focus on the personalities and events found in the Navi (The Book of the Prophets).
  • Re-counting the Prophets, by Rabbi Pinchas Frankel
  • Between the Fish and the Soup, by Jacob Soloman
  • Rabbi Berel Wein audio series
    • an expensive series that goes through all the haftorot.
    • From the description: Listen as Rabbi Berel Wein illuminates each haftorah's message for our times. His insights into the religious and historical background of every haftorah, and its connection to the Torah portion of the week, might even keep you awake after the Torah is put away!

R Mosheh Lichtenstein has a nice series on the weekly Haftorah available on the VBM here.

I see they also have a second (incomplete) series by R Yehuda Shaviv here, though I haven't read any of them.


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