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Halakhah, Law in Judaism

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Author(s): Rackman, Emmanuel | Broyde, Michael | Fishkin, Amy Lynne
Jewish law— Halakhah—denotes the entire subject matter of the Jewish legal system, including public, private, and ritual law. Within the Jewish tradition, law's purview encompasses not only those activities a judicial system normally is understood as able to compel or prohibit (as US Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., 1841–1935, defined the scope of American law, in his famous “bad man's rule”), but also includes the ethical and moral component of conduct in both the public and priv…