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Halakah

[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 Halakahs Hebrew, Halakoth, Halakot, Halakos
[Sephardic Hebrew hah-lah-khawt; Ashkenazic Hebrew hah-law-khohs] /Sephardic Hebrew hɑ lɑˈxɔt; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˌhɑ lɔˈxoʊs/ (Show IPA).
(often lowercase)
1.
Related forms
Halakic
[huh-lah-khik, -lak-ik] /həˈlɑ xɪk, -ˈlæk ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective

Halakhah

or Halakah, Halachah, 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 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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  • The Halakah is the outcome of this devotion in one aspect, the philosophical exegesis in another.

    Philo-Judaeus of Alexandria Norman Bentwich
  • Clearly he is arguing here for the observance of the oral law, which later was standardized in the Halakah.

    Philo-Judaeus of Alexandria Norman Bentwich

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