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Halacha



Attempt to illustrate the concepts of Halacha.
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Attempt to illustrate the concepts of Halacha.

Jewish law consisting of regulations for religious observances as well as for the daily life of the Jew. Halacha is a system that can apply to all aspects of a Jews' life.
Halacha is considered to be a continuation of the Law of Moses, and has been developed by rabbinical interpretations and supplements over the centuries.
Halacha is the legal section of the Talmud, while the non-legal part is known as Haggada.
The origins of the Halacha are more than 3,000 years old, going back to revelations to Moses on Mount Sinai. For centuries, Halacha was not written down, and only passed on orally from one rabbi or scholar to another.

History
2nd century CE: The oral traditions of Judaism begin to be compiled by Jewish scholars, and interpretations are added to them.
Early 3rd century: Judah ha-Nasi completes the compilation task, and the result is the Mishnah, from which the Talmud would develop. Mishnah is the main source of Halacha.
12th century: Revision of Halacha by Moses Ben Maimonides.
16th century: Revision of Halacha by Joseph Karo.
19th century: Revision of Halacha by Abraham Danzig.




By Tore Kjeilen