I believe that, if the Pharisees had had nothing more than the Halachah, they would still have made a religion out of it.
And all this had its place in their thought along with the Halachah.
Hence it was possible to elaborate a consistent system of Halachah, and eventually to codify it all.
This detailed rule of right conduct is what is denoted by the name Halachah.
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.
It is the Halachah which has laid the Pharisees open to so much misrepresentation and obloquy.
The Halachah covered part of the ground which is usually occupied in a nation's life by the civil and criminal law.
I have shown that progressive development was most marked along the line of the Halachah.
It was they who worked out the Halachah, as it was they who carried out its principle into the minutest details of practice.