Halacha

[hah-law-khuh; Sephardic Hebrew hah-lah-khah; Ashkenazic Hebrew hah-law-khaw]
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noun, plural Ha·la·chas, 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)


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.

(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.
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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Halacha

Halaka or Halakha

noun

  1. Jewish religious law
  2. a ruling on some specific matter
  1. that part of the Talmud which is concerned with legal matters as distinct from homiletics
  2. Jewish legal literature in general

Word Origin for Halacha

from Hebrew hǎlākhāh way

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