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Halakhah
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(from the Heb. הלך/hlḥ; literally “to go, to walk”) described, in rabbinic usage, “the (particular) standardized religious rule, the prevailing precept” (Bacher), and later it also stood for Judaism's entire legal system. In addition to the Haggadah, i.e. the non-legal matters, the Halakhah represents one of the two main strands of rabbinic tradition. In this, the former is not of a legally binding character, and no Halakhah may be derived from the Haggadah. As for the derivation of the term Halakhah, the biblical usage of the verb הלך, as especially encountered in …

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Herrmann, Klaus, “Halakhah”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_09247>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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