noun, often capitalized
ha·​la·​cha | \ hä-ˈlä-ḵə How to pronounce halacha (audio) , ˌhä-lə-ˈḵä How to pronounce halacha (audio) \
variants: or less commonly halakha

Definition of halacha

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

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Other Words from halacha

halachic or less commonly halakhic \ hə-​ˈla-​kik How to pronounce halakhic (audio) , hä-​ˈlä-​ \ adjective, often capitalized

Examples of halacha in a Sentence

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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, "How a religious Jewish farmer became a promoter of assisted suicide in Israel," 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, "Terrorism victim’s mother looks back on a journey from grief to joy," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of halacha

1856, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for halacha

Hebrew halākhāh, literally, way

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