or Haph·ta·rah

[ Sephardic Hebrew hahf-tah-rah; Ashkenazic Hebrew hahf-taw-ruh, -toh- ]

noun,plural Sephardic Hebrew Haf·ta·roth, Haf·ta·rot [hahf-tah-rawt], /hɑf tɑˈrɔt/, Ashkenazic Hebrew Haf·ta·ros [hahf-taw-rohs, -toh-], /hɑfˈtɔ roʊs, -ˈtoʊ-/, English Haf·ta·rahs.Judaism.
  1. a portion of the Prophets that is chanted or read in the synagogue on the Sabbath and holy days immediately after the Parashah.

Origin of Haftarah

First recorded in 1890–95, Haftarah is from the Hebrew word Haphṭārāh literally, finish, ending

Words Nearby Haftarah

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British Dictionary definitions for Haftarah



/ (hɑːfˈtəʊrə, Hebrew haftaˈraː) /

nounplural -taroth (-ˈtəʊrəʊt, Hebrew -taˈroːt)
  1. Judaism a short reading from the Prophets which follows the reading from the Torah on Sabbaths and festivals, and relates either to the theme of the Torah reading or to the observances of the day: See also maftir

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