American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Variants of haphtarah.
- n. a short selection from the Prophets read on every Sabbath in a Jewish synagogue following a reading from the Torah
“He taught them their haftarah and these were children who never could read Hebrew and people would say they could never learn to read Hebrew and he would essentially start from scratch and they did beautifully.”
“Her father chanted the haftarah and the blessings before and after it.”
“In a letter from Tula (issue 26, June 25, 1887), Rosa Lifshits criticizes the granting of aliyas in the synagogue (when the men are called up to bless the Torah) to the highest bidders and to those who have ties with the gabbai (sexton), and also refers to the general atmosphere of mockery due to the numerous mistakes of the haftarah reader.”
“By the 1980s, most bat mitzvah ceremonies came to resemble a bar mitzvah, with girls being called to read from the Torah and chant a haftarah.”
“Certain older women were noted for their proficiency in Hebrew and sometimes it was a grandmother or “aunty” who coached young boys as they prepared for the ritual of chanting their first haftarah and Torah portions in the synagogue.”
“Bat mitzvah took different forms, including group rituals that resembled confirmation as well as individual ceremonies at the late Friday evening service, where the bat mitzvah girl generally chanted a haftarah.”
“In non-Orthodox synagogues the bat mitzvah, like her counterpart, may simply be called to the Torah and recite the haftarah or may also chant the Torah portion and deliver a devar Torah, a talk based on the weekly reading.”
“To mark the occasion, in the synagogue the boy is called to the Torah for the first time and, if the Sabbath is the chosen day, chants the haftarah, the prophetic portion of that week.”
“Some of these, like the Bat Mitzvah for girls (actually initiated by the founder of Reconstructionism, Mordecai Kaplan, in 1922), parallel the established ritual for boys, celebrating attainment of the age of adult responsibility for the commandments of Judaism through such public acts as Torah and haftarah reading, leading services, and giving a devar Torah.”
“Generally, full Torah and haftarah portions are read.”
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