halacha

Halacha is the word referring to Jewish law.

Though based in the "written Torah" of the Bible (Tanach), Halacha itself is further elaborated upon by the "oral Torah," which was written down as the Mishna and Talmud.

Later rabbinic works greatly expanded on Halacha, most famously the Shulchan Aruch, written in Safed by Rabbi Yosef Karo in the 16th century, which, along with the commentaries on it, is widely considered the most authoritative work on Halacha.

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From grass roots to the establishment - Opinion

We recently witnessed history in the making: The new state-administered Halakha exams for women.

By Rabbanit Devorah Evron
21/12/2022

When do kohanim not step up to offer priestly blessing?

Three rabbis from different diasporas, representing diverse schools, sought to counter the practice they encountered.

By LEVI COOPER
16/12/2022

Netanyahu must say no to the haredi party's demands - editorial

While it is unclear whether the Likud agreed to any of these demands, that UTJ even raised them shows both a gross misunderstanding of Israeli society.

Women's hair covering and Judaism: What to do in the modern world

Several developments over the last half century should be noted when discussing women’s hair covering in modernity.

By NECHAMA GOLDMAN BARASH
10/12/2022

Israel will be replaced by a halachic state -opinion

A full right-wing government? Far from it. The incoming government will change the face of the State of Israel.

Why is covering a married woman's hair part of Jewish modesty laws?

How did the concept that a married woman’s hair is ervah become a dominant part of the halachic discourse?

By NECHAMA GOLDMAN BARASH
05/11/2022

Orthodox women and the evolving relationship with modesty

To better understand what’s happening in the hearts and souls of Orthodox women who undergo a shift in their appearance, we spoke to five local women, all Anglo immigrants, about their journeys. 

Who should and who shouldn't fast on Yom Kippur?

Healthcare provider Meuhedet has published its medical instructions regarding people with medical conditions fasting on Yom Kippur.

Meet the wealthy Israeli woman promoting Jewish family purity

Ruthy Leviev-Yelizarov, the daughter of Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev and made headlines denouncing The Tinder Swindler Simon Leviev, who claimed to be a relative.

20/08/2022

Should Israel allow posthumous sperm donation?

The halachic and ethical wisdom of this procedure, of retrieving sperm of deceased IDF soldiers, has been challenged on a number of different grounds.

By SHLOMO BRODY
13/08/2022
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