noun, often capitalized
variants: or halachah or halacha \ häˈläḵä How to pronounce halakah (audio) , ˌhäläˈḵä How to pronounce halakah (audio) , həˈläkə How to pronounce halakah (audio) \
plural halakahs\ -​ḵäz , -​kəz \ or halakoth or halachoth\ häˈläˌḵōth , ˌhäläˈḵōth , -​ōt , -​ōs \

Definition of halakah

: the body of Jewish oral laws supplementing the scriptural law and forming especially the legal part of the Talmud — compare aggadah , midrash

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Hebrew hălākhāh, literally, way

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“Halakah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halakah. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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