The Haftarah and its Parsha
Author: Richard W. Golden
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For some 2,000 years, the practice at every Jewish congregation on Shabbos morning has been to read a weekly portion from the Torah followed by a reading from the books of the prophets, the haftarah.
Despite the haftarah’s antiquity and universality, we know little about its origin or purpose. No record appears to have survived informing us of the names, dates, and locations of the people who established the haftarah. We also have no record of the reasons for pairing particular verses from the books of the prophets with a particular parsha, other than what can be learned from the prophetic verses themselves.
This groundbreaking work attempts to identify the relationship between each haftarah and its parsha — and explores how this connection remains pertinent today.
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Readers need not be intimately familiar with the parshot and their haphtarot to appreciate this book, or even know the language of the texts. It is a great and helpful read. Highly recommend.
A thoughtful elucidation of a common practice of Judaism.
As a person who attended secular public schools, I so enjoyed reading Richard Golden’s book every week. His interpretation of the Torah portion with the Haftorah is so seamlessly done and excellent, that it encapsulates all we need to know for the week. Kudos to Mr. Golden. SDC 01/23/2023
The Haftarah and Its Parsha by Richard W. Golden is a needed and welcome introduction for anyone (Jewish or not) who wants to learn about the haftarah and its essential (and perhaps too often overlooked) place in the Jewish liturgy.The author does a fine job of introducing the reader to each parsha and the accompanying haftarah, offering brief summaries of each, with insights as to how they may be connected, along with references to some of the classical commentators. Highly recommended.