, meaning "portion", plural halakim
) is a unit of time
used in the calculation of the Hebrew calendar
. The hour
is divided into 1080 halakim. A helek is 31
minute. The helek
derives from a small Babylonian
time period called a she
, meaning '"barleycorn", itself equal to 1
of a Babylonian time degree (1° of celestial rotation).
- 360 degrees x 72 shes per degree / 24 hours = 1080 shes per hour.