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Can Twins Do the Haftorah Together?

Can Twins Do the Haftorah Together?


We read in the Talmud (Megillah 21b) that, like the Torah reading, two people may not chant the Haftorah out loud together. This is because it is very hard to hear each word properly, and the purpose of the public chanting is for the congregation to listen and learn.

As such, I would suggest that you discuss this with the rabbi of your synagogue. For example, it is quite common for one person to be called up for maftir and say the blessings on the haftara, while another does the actual reading. Whatever the solution, together with your rabbi, I trust that you will find a way to divide things up so that both boys will shine on their special day.

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hymie weiss las vegas June 12, 2014

Ten men walk out, oldest makes the blessing and maftir, then the ten men walk back in for the other to say same, so as there was another minyan to hear it. Reply

Akiva NY June 11, 2014

The first twin born is called for an alyia first and then the other one is then called. They each say a brucha for the parsha reading. Both twins are independent people and must each have the privilege of a separate alyia and Torah portion if they have prepared for it. Reply

Gershon KS March 3, 2013

Donny is right, but... There are others who are more lenient and allow one person to do the blessings and the other to read the haftorah - especially since nowadays there are many communities where, for whatever reason, the prevailing custom is for the listeners to read the haftorah to themselves and do not hear the words from the reader in any case. Reply

Donny Adler new york, ny September 11, 2011

It might be "quite common" for one person to say the blessings and another to read the haftorah, but the Mishna B'rura says this is only permissible if reading from a klaf, parchment. Reply

karen Joyce Chaya Fradle Kleinman Bell Riverside, CA, USA July 1, 2010

Injecting a little humor here... Twins should be able to both recite it, half and half because it is a half torah (hahahah). Reply

Anonymous las vegas, nv. March 8, 2010

twins saying the haftorah when I got bar mitzva, ten men walked out as my brother said the blessing and then they walked in to hear my blessing. Reply

Anonymous las vegas, nv. February 26, 2010

haftorah when I got bar mitzvahed, ten people walked out & my brother said the blessing & then came back & I said the blessing. Then we both said the haftorah separately. Reply

Anonymous Stamford, CT via February 23, 2010

Can Twins Do The Haftorah Together? A person must chant a certain minimum numbers of verses, I believe 21, so if the haftorah contains 42 verses or more, they could split it, but if it contains fewer than 42 verses, it must be chanted by one person.
Please confirm this with your rabbi. Reply

Nessanel Chicago, IL February 21, 2010

Can you have one start and one finish? Does the one who says the blessings before have to say the ones after? Reply

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