_(Hebrew, 'one who concludes')   Term referring to a person who concludes the reading in the SYNAGOGUE and to the reading itself. The maphtir first reads a portion of the TORAH
(usually a repetition of the last three verses of the portion assigned for the day) and then the HAFTARAH.   

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Reprinted with permission from A Concise Encyclopedia of Judaism,
by Dan Cohn-Sherbok. Oneworld Publications