haftorah

Alternative Spellings

haftarah, haftara

Definitions

  • "A reading from the biblical book of Prophets that is recited in synagogue immediately following the reading of the Torah" (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "Sarah is leyning and Lizzy is leyning haftorah."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish

Etymology

Heb הפטרה haftará, Yiddish הפֿטורה haftóyre

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

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