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or Ha·la·khah also Ha·la·kah  (hä′lä-KHä′, hä-lä′KHə, -lô′-)
n. Judaism
The legal part of Talmudic literature, an interpretation of the laws of the Scriptures.

[Hebrew hălākâ, rule, tradition, from hālak, to go; see hlk in Semitic roots.]

Ha·lach′ic (hə-lä′KHĭk) adj.


(Hebrew hɑlɑˈxɑː; Yiddish hɑˈloxə) ,




1. (Judaism)
a. Jewish religious law
b. a ruling on some specific matter
2. (Other Non-Christian Religious Writings)
a. that part of the Talmud which is concerned with legal matters as distinct from homiletics
b. Jewish legal literature in general
[from Hebrew hǎlākhāh way]


(hɑˈlɔ xə, hɑ lɑˈxɑ)

n., pl. -la•khahs, -la•khoth, -la•khot (-lɑˈxɔt)
1. the body of Jewish law, comprising the oral law as transcribed in the Talmud and subsequent legal codes and rabbinical decisions.
2. a law or tradition established by the halakhah.
[1855–60; < Hebrew hălākhāh literally, way]
ha•la•khic (həˈlɑ xɪk, -ˈlæk ɪk) adj.
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Noun1.Halacha - Talmudic literature that deals with law and with the interpretation of the laws on the Hebrew Scriptures
Talmudic literature - (Judaism) ancient rabbinical writings
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The life of halakic observance can often seem--for both insiders and outsiders--repetitive, monotonous, and distinctively uneventful.
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Their topics include contemporizing Halakic exegesis in the Dead Sea Scrolls, the question of political peace and independence in the additions to Daniel, reading Deuteronomy in the Second Temple period, and reading the decline of prophecy.
This is when the halakic heavy hitters meet in conference rooms lined with Torah, Talmud, and the commentaries.
Schorsch's marshalling of sources is one of his account's most impressive features: biblical exegesis, responsa, and the halakic tradition that regulated relationships between Jews and their slaves, cemetery rosters, names of African slaves held by Jews, even Ladino songs.
Offering differing interpretations of halakic sources, Reisner and Dorff reach quite different conclusions about whether and when life-sustaining treatment may be withdrawn.
301) The conflict of this law arises between the secular definition of Jewish identity for nationality purposes and the Jewish Halakic definition for personal status purposes.
The halakic (orthodox) definition of a Jew is a person "whose mother was Jewish or converted to Judaism.
Aharon Horowitz's "Modern Orthodox Diaspora as a Strategic Asset" speaks to the Odyssey Generation, which must return to its halakic obligations as a means of furthering social values.
What are the implications of American Jews' redefining Jewishness in terms of histrionics (what Saul Bellow called the "Jewish opera")--a radical departure not only from a traditional halakic foundation for understanding Jewish life, but also from more recent politically motivated bases (161)?