variants or less commonly halakha
often capitalized
: the body of Jewish law supplementing the scriptural law and forming especially the legal part of the Talmud
halachic adjective
or less commonly halakhic
hə-ˈla-kik How to pronounce halacha (audio)
often capitalized

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Suicide is such a grave violation of halacha, Jewish religious law, that those who kill themselves are often denied burial in Jewish cemeteries. Cnaan Liphshiz, sun-sentinel.com, 26 June 2019 Some of the students are graduates of a three-year program at Nishmat that certifies women as yoetzot halacha, or halachic advisors. Beth Kissileff, sun-sentinel.com, 3 July 2019

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Word History


Hebrew halākhāh, literally, way

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of halacha was in 1856

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Cite this Entry

“Halacha.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halacha. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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