Definition of Haftorah in English:


(also Haphtarah, Haphtorah)


  • A short reading from the Prophets which follows the reading from the Law in a Jewish synagogue.

    • ‘In addition, on the Shabbat following the bar mitzvah boy's thirteenth birthday, he is called to the Torah during morning services at the synagogue to recite the blessing on the Haftorah.’
    • ‘The Haftorah teaches that Torah will enlighten those who follow King Chiram's example.’
    • ‘This is also alluded to in the third blessing after the Haftorah reading on Shabbat: ‘Blessed are you God, Shield of David.’’
    • ‘The Bar Mitzvah boy is also expected to read the week's selection from the prophetic readings, called the Haftorah.’
    • ‘The Haftorah concludes by informing us that, indeed, Shlomo ascended his father's throne, and his rule was ‘well-established ‘.’


From Hebrew hap̱ṭārāh ‘dismissal’.