Monday, October 19, 2009

Choosing a Haftorah


Today our Haftarot are ordained by custom and printed in our chumashim, but it was not always so; there were guidelines for selecting a Haftorah, and a community could choose any prophetic passage that matched those guidelines.

One such rule is that on a week with a double Torah portion, the Haftorah's theme must match a theme from the second portion. Similarly, on a week when we read from a single Torah the Haftorah was supposed to match a theme from the end (maftir) part of the Torah reading.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 284:7)

Have a great day,

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