dina demalchuta dina
n. The law of the state (is the law).
Languages of Origin
Aram. דינא דמלכותא דינא dina demalchuta dina 'the law of the land is the law'
- Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
- North America
- The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
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This law establishes that Jews adhere to the civil laws of the land in which they live, on top of their own Jewish laws. There is, however, some dispute regarding whether this maxim applies only to financial/monetary law or can be considered all-encompassing.
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