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Why is public reading of the haftarah not required to be from parchment?

You aren't the first person to wonder about this. The Levush wrote "All my days I wondered why I never saw in any place the practice to write the Haftarot like a proper book as we do for Esther" (OC ...
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Is there any Haftarah that has all the te'amim/trope symbols?

The minimum number of verses that you'd need is at most three. Yirmeyahu 32:8 (Haftara for Behar) to get Munach, Telisha-Gedola, Kadma, Azla, Zarka, Segol, Pazeir, Munach-Legarmeih, Revi'i, Gershayim,...
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Is there a list of the haftorot for the tri-annual torah reading cycle?

A full list can be found here with ongoing updates and sources here. Many times we only know the opening verse and not the exact end point.
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Haftarot for Acharei Mot and Kedoshim

The Babylonian annual Torah cycle portions Acharei and Kedoshim traditionally were associated with haftara readings from Ezekiel 22 and Ezekiel 20 respectively. Both those readings speak about sexual ...
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Why would Ashkenazim read a "double" haftarah for Parshat Pekudei in Israel?

As you noted, the generally-cited Ashkenazic haftarah for Parshat Pekudei is from Melachim I 7:51-8:21. However, there are two additional customs to be aware of, which may go some way to answering ...
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Is there any situation when the haftarah of Tetzaveh might be read during a non-leap year?

A counterexample: In 5781, Tetzavveh will be read on Shabbat 15 Adar and locations not celebrating Shushan Purim will read the ordinary Haftarah.
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Why is there no mention of Rosh Chodesh after the Haftara?

Shabbos 24a אֲמַר לֵיהּ אַבָּיֵי לְרַב יוֹסֵף: הָא דְּרַב הוּנָא וְרַב יְהוּדָה דְּרַב הוּא. דְּאָמַר רַב גִּידֵּל אָמַר רַב: רֹאשׁ חֹדֶשׁ שֶׁחָל לִהְיוֹת בְּשַׁבָּת — הַמַּפְטִיר בַּנָּבִיא ...
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unsual haftarah trope in bechalotecha/hannukkah

Adapting and extending a comment by DoubleAA: It's called, by different communities, "mercha kefula" or "trei taamei". You can hear it chanted, in the Haftara context you found it in, by Yeshiva ...
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Different endings for Haftarat Vayetze and Haftarat Shuvah?

R. Kaganoff in this shi'ur suggests that: The stumbling of the evil is not inherently a bad thing, and, for this reason, this is considered an appropriate place to end the haftarah on Vayeitzei. ...
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Isaiah 40:4 -- is the word pronounced "geh" or "gay"?

While I'm loathe to get involved with transliterations here, "geh" looks much closer to accurate to me than "gay". The general rule in Tanakh is a letter is only pronounced if it ...
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What haftarah is read on Shabbat Rosh Chodesh Av

From an Ashkenazi perspective, Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 122:6 writes both customs exist On the three Shabbosos between the seventeenth of Tammuz and Tishah beAv, we read the "Three haftaros of ...
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"Riot Act" Haftarah for Kedoshim -- When Will We Read it Again?

This haftarah is only read in year type זח"ג, which next occurs in 5801 (2041). (The linked Hebrew Wikipedia page is as good a place as any to look this kind of stat up, I guess.)
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Yetziv Pisgam and Chabakuk

Some quick Otzar Hachochma searching has revealed the following: Tessler's Minhagei Chag Hashavuos (Anaf B, 1) notes that Yetziv Pisgam has nothing in particular to do with Shavuos, and in fact, in ...
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Why do we change the Haftarah for Simchas Torah?

R. Asher Ben Yechiel cites the Jerusalem Talmud as the source for reading the beginning of Yehoshua as the haftarah: Rosh Megillah 4:10 ביו"ט אחרון של חג קורין כל הבכור ומפטירין ויהי ככלות שלמה ...
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Kaddish before Haftarah on Tish'ah beAv Morning

R. Shmuel HaLevi Wosner in Shevet HaLevi vol. X 83 justifies the custom to recite kaddish before the haftarah on the morning of Tish'ah BeAv. He writes that the rule that the one who reads the ...
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Remember Balak and Balaam

Mahri Kra explains: 1 - He advised the ministers of Moab and hired Balak to curse you 2 - Balak answered that he could only speak whatever G-d placed in his mouth 3 - The reference To Shitim and ...
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What is the rarest Haftarah?

Shalom's 2nd answer, Kedoshim, is the correct answer according to the minhag that most Ashkenaz minyanim follow, and appears to be the case with the Sefardic custom too except that it is a different ...
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Why are Ashkenazi haftarahs longer than that of Sephardim?

The Shulchan Aruch in סימן רפד - דיני הפטרה וברכותיה says that the Haftarah should be at least 21 verses long, unless the theme ends beforehand. א מַפְטִירִין בַּנָּבִיא מֵעִנְיָנָהּ שֶׁל ...
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What is the "benefit," if any, of having one's spleen removed?

Rashi is saying this based on a gemara in Sanhedrin 21b: "The verse continues: “And he prepared for himself chariots and riders and fifty people to run before him” (I Kings 1:5). The Gemara asks:...
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What is the "benefit," if any, of having one's spleen removed?

@Harel13 has provided the main answer, but I thought you might be interested in noting a fascinating article here (on pp.13-14) which provides further academic research to support Rashi's assertion ...
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Haftarat Shabbat HaGadol

The Haftara for Tzav (a portion from the Babylonian annual Torah cyle) is from Jeremiah 7 (mentioned in Bavli Megillah 23b). The Haftara for the Israeli triennial cycle section that begins near the ...
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"Riot Act" Haftarah for Kedoshim -- When Will We Read it Again?

For the years 1900 - 2100 : The longest we ever go without reading it is 27 years but there are 3 times they are only 3 years apart. 1902 (5662) 1919 (5679) 1943 (5703) 1946 (5706) 1970 (5730) 1973 (...
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Why does the Haftara of Mishpatim end before it starts?

The rule you are thinking of is codified in Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 144:1. See this shiur from R. Kaganoff for a comprehensive discussion of this topic as it relates to the haftarah for Mishpatim. ...
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Why do we read Yona on Yom Kippur?

R' Samson Raphael Hirsch says, in his extended commentary on Leviticus 16:10, that goats represent the God-given human power to resist, and that the Azazel goat used in the Yom Kippur service ...
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Haftora for a wedding

In "The Spirit of the Maggid", Rabbi Krohn quotes Rabbi David Cohen that it's "because communities had become so large, that there could be Chassanim in Shul every week and the Sos Asis haftarah would ...
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Haftora for a wedding

In "Minhagim of Worms", it says as follows: "Nissuin on Shabbos - Brautloft When a Chupah takes place on Friday, Shabbos is called Brautloft (Bruitloft, Breiluft). [This was not a common occurrence, ...
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Is there a Sof Haftarah?

I usually use the system above. The system below seems to be more common. An etnachta is included on the side to show the intervals according to the key I’m transcribing by (mostly centered around the ...
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Haftarah for a B'rit Milah?

Avudraham (Birchos Nisuin) quotes Siddur R' Saadiah Gaon that there is (or was) not just a special haftarah for a chassan, but a special reading as well: Bereishis 24:1-7, which describes Avraham ...
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What will the haftarah reading for Shabbat HaChodesh 5781 be?

In the Mishna Bruah Orach Chaim Simen 685 Seif Katan 13 says that you read the Haftorah for Parshas HaChodash and not for Rosh Chodash. Since you always read the haftorah that is connected to the last ...
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What will the haftarah reading for Shabbat HaChodesh 5781 be?

Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 685:4: On the fifth Sabbath, which is the twenty-ninth of Adar, we take out two [Torah] scrolls — in one [the Reader] reads the weekly portion, and in the second he reads &...
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