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Give a detailed account of the Jewish food laws and their origins

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AS and A Level Judaism

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Give a detailed account of the Jewish food laws and their origins

In Judaism, Jews have to eat kosher food. Kosher literally means fitting or correct and the kosher food laws are called 'kashrut'. Foods which are not allowed are called 'Treyfah' which means torn. Kosher food can be bought from specialist kosher shops and some supermarkets now have special kosher sections. If a Jew lives in a Muslim community they are able to buy kosher food as Islam also states that Muslims should eat kosher food. All the food laws can be found in Leviticus chapter 11 in the Torah.

Jews can only eat animals that chew the cud and have cloven hooves. This originates from the sentence in the Torah that says 'Of all the animals that live on land, these are the ones you may eat. You may eat any animal that has a split hoof completely divided and that chews the cud. There are some that only chew the cut or only have a split hoof, but you must not eat them.' (Leviticus 11:2-4). The cud is when some animals have little balls of grass form in their stomach after swallowing. The animal

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