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Halacha

[rule ]. The Jewish oral law. (See Gemara, Mishna.)

“The halachah ... had even greater authority than the Scriptures of the Old Testament, since it explained and applied them.” —Edersheim Life of Jesus the Messiah, vol. i. book i. chap.i.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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