In general, a boy under bar mitzvah is called to the torah as maftir and recites the haftarah. This applies to the bar mitzvah itself too.

The table below summarizes the exceptions to the above rule.



A boy is not called as maftir[1], but reads haftarah

שבת וראש חודש

A married man is called & reads haftarah

ראש השנה

Rabbi is called & reads haftarah

שבת תשובה

Oldest rabbi is called & reads haftarah

שחרית יום הכיפורים

Youngest rabbi is called & reads haftarah

מנחה יום הכיפורים

A boy is not called as maftir, but reads haftarah


Maftir bows[2]

שמחת תורה

A boy is called as maftir and reads haftarah

ארבע פרשיות

Chazan reads haftarah

בין המצרים

Chacham is called as third & reads the haftarah

שחרית תשעה באב

Chacham is called as third (he himself reads ויעבור...) & reads the haftarah

מנחה תשעה באב


Order of the haftarah (Recordings: NBS)

Maftier is called without name, whilst already standing on the teba


If maftier doesn’t read the haftarah, he is called:

יעמוד השם הטוב (הישיש הנכבד)הגביר(הנעלה)/הבחור ... לקרא בתורה, וישמרהו צורו, מפטיר.


ברכות התורה

Only if maftier is not saying haftarah, or on Shabbat teshuba, Kipur shachrit & mincha, Simchat Tora, Shabbat bereshit, ben hametsarim, mincha 9 Ab & if a hascaba is made[3].

מי שברך


ברכות לפני ההפטרה



Congregation first, then repeated by maftier.



ברכות אחרי ההפטרה


Haftarah Nachamu, as recorded by S. Alvares Vega (SAV) in 1939 at the occasion of his bar mitzvah, original recording and noise-reduced version.

Haftarah Vayera (part), as recorded by D. Sondervan in 1956at the occasion of his bar mitzvah. D. Sondervan is a brother of JBS.

Recording of all haftarot by NRP.

More on Haftarot by SAV


Cantillations  (NN tape 23) according to list.

[1] According to NN. Some say they were called as maftir.

[2] At כחתן יכהן פאר וככלה תעדה כליה he bows to the חתן/כלה תורה. At ומשוש חתן על כלה he bows to the חתן/כלה בראשית

[3] In other cases a מי שברך can be made before the hechal when the sepher is returned.


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