halacha l'ma'aseh

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  • Practical application of Jewish law, i.e. how it's actually practiced. More broadly, can simply mean "what people do".

Example Sentences

  • Halacha lemaisa, today most people won't buy non-glatt meat, even if it's kosher, so most certifying agencies won't even certify it as kosher.
  • "These shiurim are usually geared towards halacha lema'ase, without presenting the groundwork of the Rishonim." (https://www.shemayisrael.com/parsha/ostroff/archives/shabbos8_3.htm)
  • "Therefore, Halacha Lema'ase, one is permitted to put cold water into an urn before Shabbat, and plug it in right before Shabbat." (http://www.dailyhalacha.com/m/halacha.aspx?id=729)
  • "This does not only fall into the realm of proper conduct, midos tovos and ma’asim tovim, but even halacha l’ma’aseh." (https://ohr.edu/this_week/insights_into_halacha/4953)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew


הלכה למעשה halakha lema'ase 'practical law, lit. the way for doing'

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


North America



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