Questions tagged [haftarah]

a section from the Prophets read after the Torah reading on Shabbat, holidays and fast days

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What is the rarest Haftarah?

Which Haftarah is read with the least frequency?
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Which parts of the Chazon Haftorah get sad tune (Eicha trop)?

The Shabbos before Tisha B'Av gets a very sad Haftorah, known as Chazon. It's Isaiah 1:1--27. (I recommend you open the text in a new window, or else the answers to this question will make no sense.)...
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Shabbos Chanuka - Rosh Chodesh - Torah reading mistake

Orach Chaim 684:3 says that on Shabbos Chanuka that is also Rosh Chodesh we take out three Sifrei Torah. In the first one we give six Aliyos in the Parsha of the week. In the second one we read about ...
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Why is public reading of the haftarah not required to be from parchment?

Public Torah reading (Kri'at Hatorah Betzibbur) is always done from a parchment. I have seen some congregations read the Haftarah from a parchment, as well. But, this seems to be a minority. It seems,...
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Who uses which haftarah for Shabbat Shuva?

The shabbat between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur is known as Shabbat Shuva. Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 428:8 records two different customs as to what haftarah to read on this shabbat: Shuva Yisrael (...
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Why are the blessing(s) preceding the Haftarah printed and chanted with trope notes?

There is a reason that I placed the plural "s" in parentheses for my question. I noticed that only the blessings preceding the haftarah have trope notes. Since this is not part of the haftarah itself, ...
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maftir: an honor?

A bar mitzva or bridegroom is usually (in congregations I'm familiar with, or, at least, Ashkenazic ones) given maftir. Why is this, considering that it's the lowliest of all the aliyos (e.g.)? (The ...
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Haftora for a wedding

ונוהגין להפטיר בחתונה שוש אשיש.‏ The Rama above (from OC 428) says that in his area the custom was to read a special haftora if a groom was present in the synagogue. Has anyone seen this minhag ...
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Is the Haftarah a Minhag?

Is reading the Haftarah a Minhag? I know that the practice was instituted when we couldn't publicly read torah, and then it was kept. Does that make it a Minhag?
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Why do we read Yona on Yom Kippur?

Why do we read Yona of all things on Yom Kippur? There are better tales of teshuvah that are more relevant to klall yisroel; why was this sefer, which deals exclusively with non-Jews doing teshuva, ...
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Tazria haftara for M'tzora and vice versa?

When Tazria and M'tzora are read separately, we have the following situation: Tazria discusses tzaraas on a human: how he contracts it, is diagnosed, is quarantined, and is pronounced cured. Its ...
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Can a blind person read a Haftorah from a braille (or raised-text) book?

Assuming a Haftorah need not be read out of a handwritten parchment, can a blind person read it out of a braille book? Or a book where the Hebrew letters are raised/embossed? (I'd heard that someone ...
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Good resource for in-depth study of Haftorah?

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 ...
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Why does the Haftara of Mishpatim end before it starts?

The Haftara of Mishpatim starts at Yirmiyahu Ch. 34:8 and continues to the end of the chapter. It then jumps to Ch. 33 verses 25-26, some 8 verses before it started. Obviously we do not want to end ...
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Haftarat Shuva - Skipping backwards?

Some communities read selections from three of the Trei Asar - Hoshea, Yoel and Michah - as the haftarah on Shabbat Shuva (the shabbat between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.) (See e.g. Mishnah Berurah ...
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Are any communities reciting Rambam's list of Haftarot for most of the book of Devarim?

Thanks to DoubleAA for introducing me to this list of Haftarot from Ramba"m's Sefer Ahava; Seder Hatefillah #61 (See near bottom of the linked page.) Most congregations have replaced the 7 haftarot ...
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What are the relevance of the first three posukim of the Haftorah for parshas Tazria to the Torah reading?

The Haftorah for parshas Tazria - Kings Ⅱ 4:42-5:19 - talks about how Na’aman, who was supra-naturally afflicted with a skin blemish, went to Elisha the prophet and was cured, and this ...