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Halachah

[hah-law-khuh; Sephardic Hebrew hah-lah-khah; Ashkenazic Hebrew hah-law-khaw]
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noun, plural Ha·la·chahs, Hebrew Ha·la·choth, Ha·la·chot, Ha·la·chos [Sephardic Hebrew hah-lah-khawt; Ashkenazic Hebrew hah-law-khohs] /Sephardic Hebrew hɑ lɑˈxɔt; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˌhɑ lɔˈxoʊs/. (often lowercase)
  1. Halakhah.

Halakhah

or Ha·la·kah, Ha·la·chah, Ha·la·cha

[hah-law-khuh; Sephardic Hebrew hah-lah-khah; Ashkenazic Hebrew hah-law-khaw]
noun, plural Ha·la·khahs, Hebrew Ha·la·khoth, Ha·la·khot, Ha·la·khos [Sephardic Hebrew hah-lah-khawt; Ashkenazic Hebrew hah-law-khohs] /Sephardic Hebrew hɑ lɑˈxɔt; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˌhɑ lɔˈxoʊs/ for 2.
  1. (often lowercase) the entire body of Jewish law and tradition comprising the laws of the Bible, the oral law as transcribed in the legal portion of the Talmud, and subsequent legal codes amending or modifying traditional precepts to conform to contemporary conditions.
  2. a law or tradition established by the Halakhah.

Origin of Halakhah

First recorded in 1855–60, Halakhah is from the Hebrew word hălākhāh, literally, way
Related formsHa·la·khic [huh-lah-khik, -lak-ik] /həˈlɑ xɪk, -ˈlæk ɪk/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • And all this had its place in their thought along with the Halachah.

    Pharisaism, Its Aim And Its Method

    R. Travers Herford

  • This detailed rule of right conduct is what is denoted by the name Halachah.

  • It is the Halachah which has laid the Pharisees open to so much misrepresentation and obloquy.

  • It was the Halachah which gave rise to the common opinion that Torah is the same as Law.

  • The masters of Halachah were not engaged upon the construction de novo of a system of ethics or a system of law.