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halacha

noun, often capitalized ha·la·cha \hä-ˈlä-ḵə, ˌhä-lə-ˈḵä\

Definition of halacha

  1. :  the body of Jewish law supplementing the scriptural law and forming especially the legal part of the Talmud

halachicplay also halakhic \hə-ˈla-kik, hä-ˈlä-\ adjective often capitalized


Variants of halacha

also halakha play \hä-ˈlä-ḵə, ˌhä-lə-ˈḵä\

Origin of halacha

Hebrew halākhāh, literally, way


First Known Use: 1856


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