daled amos of halacha

Definitions

  • n. The four (square) cubits of the law.

  • n. Idiomatically, "the four walls of the law" (Glinert).

Example Sentences

  • "After his year of globe-trotting, Jerry's decided to go to yeshiva and sit a while within the daled amot shel halacha." (Glinert)

  • "As a person who has studied their entire life in the daled amos shel halacha [I] can't tell you how much I gained from your seforim." (source)

  • "There is no safe place in the world except the daled amos shel Halocho." (source)

  • "However, just as the Shechinah has never left the Kotel HaMaaravi, so too the Shechinah has never left the ‘daled amos of halacha’, the area of Torah study." (source)

  • "[I]t has always been up to the individual beis, and mikvah, to determine who they would convert…and, within the daled amos of halacha, al pi darcho what would be the individual’s road to Yiddishkeit." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • English

Etymology

  • ד׳ אמות של הלכה dalet amot shel halakha 'four cubits of the law', the Hebrew preposition של shel is often replaced by its English translation, 'of'.

    "'Four cubits' traditionally expresses a person's own personal space--and any small intimate space in general. Daled amot shel halacha...expresses the inward world of halacha, going so intently behind the walls of the yeshiva." (Glinert)

    • Who Uses This

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

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa

      Dictionaries

      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

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