haf·ta·rah or haf·to·rah (häf′tä-rä, häf-tôrə)
n. pl. haf·ta·rot or haf·to·rot
A passage selected from the Prophets, read in synagogue services on the Sabbath following each lesson from the Torah.
[Mishnaic Hebrew hapṭārâ, conclusion, from hipṭîr, to conclude, dismiss, derived stem of Hebrew pāṭar, to separate, discharge; see pṭr in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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