haftorah (hahf-TOE-ruh) listen
haftorah (haf-to-RAH) listen
haftorah (haf-tah-RAH) listen


  • n. "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


  • Heb הפטרה haftará, Yiddish הפֿטורה haftóyre

    • Who Uses This

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


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • 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).

      Alternative Spellings

      haftarah, haftara, aftara, aftarah

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