haftorah

Pronunciations

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

Definitions

  • 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

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).

      Alternative Spellings

      haftarah, haftara

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