halacha (hah-lah-CHAH) listen
halacha (huh-LUH-chuh) listen


  • n. "Jewish law" (JPS).

Example Sentences

  • "According to halachah, one can't eat chicken and milk together."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Heb הלכה halakhá, Yiddish/Ashkenazi Heb הלכה halókhe

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      halakha, halocho, halokho, halachah, halakhah, haloche, halokhe, halocheh, halokheh


  • Plural halachot / halachos. When used in the plural, usually refers to the set of laws regarding a particular topic. When used in conjunction with a following noun, the plural is hilchos.

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