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Halacha

[hah-law-khuh; Sephardic Hebrew hah-lah-khah; Ashkenazic Hebrew hah-law-khaw] /hɑˈlɔ xə; Sephardic Hebrew hɑ lɑˈxɑ; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˌhɑ lɔˈxɔ/
noun, plural Halachas Hebrew, Halachoth, Halachot, Halachos
[Sephardic Hebrew hah-lah-khawt; Ashkenazic Hebrew hah-law-khohs] /Sephardic Hebrew hɑ lɑˈxɔt; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˌhɑ lɔˈxoʊs/ (Show IPA).
(often lowercase)
1.

Halakhah

[hah-law-khuh; Sephardic Hebrew hah-lah-khah; Ashkenazic Hebrew hah-law-khaw] /hɑˈlɔ xə; Sephardic Hebrew hɑ lɑˈxɑ; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˌhɑ lɔˈxɔ/
noun, plural Halakhahs Hebrew, Halakhoth, Halakhot, Halakhos
[Sephardic Hebrew hah-lah-khawt; Ashkenazic Hebrew hah-law-khohs] /Sephardic Hebrew hɑ lɑˈxɔt; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˌhɑ lɔˈxoʊs/ (Show IPA),
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
1855-1860
1855-60; < Hebrew hălākhāh, literally, way
Related forms
Halakhic
[huh-lah-khik, -lak-ik] /həˈlɑ xɪk, -ˈlæk ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for Halacha

Halacha

/Hebrew hɑlɑˈxɑː; Yiddish hɑˈloxə/
noun
1.
  1. Jewish religious law
  2. a ruling on some specific matter
2.
  1. that part of the Talmud which is concerned with legal matters as distinct from homiletics
  2. Jewish legal literature in general
Compare Aggadah (sense 1)
Word Origin
from Hebrew hǎlākhāh way
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