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Halakah

[hah-law-khuh; Sephardic Hebrew hah-lah-khah; Ashkenazic Hebrew hah-law-khaw]
noun, plural Ha·la·kahs, Hebrew Ha·la·koth, Ha·la·kot, Ha·la·kos [Sephardic Hebrew hah-lah-khawt; Ashkenazic Hebrew hah-law-khohs] /Sephardic Hebrew hɑ lɑˈxɔt; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˌhɑ lɔˈxoʊs/. (often lowercase)
  1. Halakhah.
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Related formsHa·lak·ic [huh-lah-khik, -lak-ik] /həˈlɑ xɪk, -ˈlæk ɪk/, adjective

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.
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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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