There is supposedly a haftarah that even though printed in chumashim and assigned to a parsha that is actually never read

  • Where did you hear such a thing?
    – Double AA
    Commented Nov 8, 2015 at 20:51
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    – Yakov
    Commented Nov 8, 2015 at 20:55
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    @DoubleAA it depends on the minhag. Where I daven, they never read the haftorah for parshas Kedoshim, and instead read the Achrei-Mos haftarah two weeks in a row... But I agree that it's a weird question, as my Chumash contains lots of haftarahs for different communities that other communities would never say Commented Nov 9, 2015 at 13:09
  • i'm aware of Haftarot that are listed in the Talmud that we no longer follow. Maybe that's what is going on?
    – Aaron
    Commented Nov 9, 2015 at 18:00
  • Is this a riddle question?
    – DanF
    Commented Nov 9, 2015 at 18:00

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No. There is no Haftara commonly printed (excluding a mistaken edition, or something) that isn't used at least occasionally by some community. Note that some are used very, very rarely, which perhaps might lead someone to doubt if they are ever used.

  • I've definitely heard all the ones listed as "Ashkenazi" read. It's possible I've missed some of the ones printed for other Eidot.
    – Double AA
    Commented Nov 8, 2015 at 21:06
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    Playing devil's advocate, but could you source your statement somehow?
    – Scimonster
    Commented Nov 9, 2015 at 9:09

Technically if there was a haftarah different from Shmini Atzeres (in Eretz Yisrael) or Simchas Torah (in the galus) assigned to V'zos Habrachah, then it would never be read. That would be since V'zos Habracha is never read on an individual Shabbas. However, I have never seen a reference to such a haftarah in any seforim or chumashim.

One could also consider what haftarah would have been read when the Torah was read in the tri-ennial cycle. I do not know what the minhag was for that cycle and none of them are printed in the single year cycle chumashim. They would therefore not apply as a possibility.

Note that What is the rarest Haftarah? gives the list of rarest haftarah.

  • None of those are printed in Chumashim...
    – Double AA
    Commented Nov 8, 2015 at 23:03
  • @DoubleAA I said that they would not apply as they are not printed in modern chumashim. Commented Nov 8, 2015 at 23:07
  • Here's the triennial list judaism.stackexchange.com/a/85796/759
    – Double AA
    Commented Sep 26, 2017 at 20:59

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