The Haftarah


This illuminated, undated codex thought to date from the 18th century consists of a Haftarah (also seen as Haftorah) in 263 parchment sheets stitched together in a leather binding. In the Jewish tradition, a Haftarah is a reading from the Prophets for the Sabbath, festivals, and holy days. This one contains the five books of Moses (also known as the Pentateuch); parts of the books of the Prophets; transcriptions of the five short books of the Hebrew Bible (Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther) that form a group known as the Hamesh Megillot (Five scrolls); the Book of Proverbs; and prayers for every day, Sabbaths, and holy days (according to Ashkenazi practice). The scribe and probably the illuminator of this manuscript was Abraham bar Chizkija ha Lévi. The manuscript previously was owned by Samuel Gráf of Csakatorn and by Anton Kohn of Zagreb, who had it in his possession around 1858. A third owner was Moses Issachar, son of Isaac of Schleining. It is now in the collections of the Slovak National Library.

Last updated: March 3, 2016