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[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)
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British Dictionary definitions for Halacha


/Hebrew hɑlɑˈxɑː; Yiddish hɑˈloxə/
  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
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Word Origin
from Hebrew hǎlākhāh way
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