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A Summary Of Jewish Food Laws and Their Origins.

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  • Submitted: 21/10/2003
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A Summary Of Jewish Food Laws and Their Origins

According to Jewish orthodoxy, a Jew is someone who born of a Jewish mother or someone who is within a marriage recognised by orthodoxy. A strictly observant Orthodox Jew is understood to keep many different food laws. These believe that restricting themselves in this way is a sign of their true respect and love for God. It means following the original principles set forth by the Torah (Jewish equivalent to the Holy bible). Modern Jews can think these laws are primitive health regulations now obsolete with new hygiene. However, many of the laws have nothing to do with health. These laws are known as the laws of Kashrut. Kashrut is the dealing with foods Jews can and cannot eat and how they are prepared and eaten. Kosher is the word for describing the foods permitted. Kosher is not a style of cooking but a description of those foods permitted and regime for their preparation. Any permitted food can be kosher as long as it is in accordance with Jewish law. Permitted foods can also be non-kosher if not prepared in accordance with Jewish law.

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