Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Haftorah for Shabbat/Rosh Chodesh/Chanukah


Yesterday we explained the system of Torah readings for this Shabbat, which is also Rosh Chodesh (the first day of the lunar month) and Chanukah; what do we do for the Haftorah, do we read the regular Shabbat reading, the Chanukah reading, or the Rosh Chodesh reading?

We read the Haftorah for Chanukah, for two reasons:

1. The last Torah portion we read before the Haftorah is the Chanukah reading, and we generally link the themes of the end of the Torah portion and the Haftorah;

2. Publicizing the miracle of Chanukah trumps even the biblical celebration of Rosh Chodesh. (We do not follow the formula of honoring the mitzvah which occurs more frequently, because that formula applies only as a rule of precedence, not a rule of replacement.)

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 684:3; Mishneh Berurah 684:11)

Have a great day,

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