The word "halacha" is a transliteration of the Hebrew הֲלָכָה (halakhá). The word derives from the Hebrew root הלך which means "to walk." Therefore, halacha does not literally translate to "law." Sometimes Jews describe halacha, based on its etymology, as "the way we walk."
- A law or tradition established by the Halacha.
- A law/tradition by which Jews live. These are derived from the Torah and from later rabbinic literature.
- ^ Random House Unabridged Dictionary