• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Food Laws In the Jewish Tradition.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

The Law for Jewish people and food is told in Leviticus "These are the animals which you may eat.... Anything which has a completely split hoof and chews the cud, this you may eat..." (Leviticus 11: 2-3) This quote means that only animals that have a complete split between their hooves and chew the cud are allowed to be eaten by Jews. This includes cows, sheep, chicken, goose, cod, plaice and winged insects that hop e.g. locusts. These foods are known as kosher foods. Kosher translates to fitting or appropriate food which a Jewish person is allowed to eat. When you are Kashrut, you are in a state of keeping the kosher rules. It is also the study of the laws relating to kosher food. Treifah is the opposite of kosher, and translates to "Torn". There are then parve foods. Parve foods are "neutral" foods such as bread, fruit, vegetables and soft drinks. They are neither meat nor dairy. These foods can be eaten with kosher dairy or meat products. "The blood is the life" (Deuteronomy 12:23) ...read more.

Middle

There are many strict rules about this. Jewish kitchens are laid out in two different parts: meat and dairy. Work surfaces will only be used for one or the other before completely cleaning it. Some families have 2 cookers, and most have 2 sinks. This means that the plates aren't washed together. If families have dishwashers then they must only load either things used with meat, or with the dairy. With fridges and freezers, meat and dairy can be kept together as kosher does not affect cold foods. If mistakes are made, for example spilling milk on a meat, then the Jewish person consults the rabbi who tells them if their food and utensils are still kosher. My sister spilled some milk on our chicken, and we had to cook a new chicken as the rabbi said the first one wasn't kosher. We must also wait from 2-6 hours between meat and dairy meals, which can be awkward. When we go shopping we look out for the hechsher symbol on tins and other foods. This tells us whether the product is kosher or not. ...read more.

Conclusion

On the other hand, though, if I go to a friend's house I cannot stay for dinner as they have not prepared the food for me, not that I would expect them to. When I go out with my friends they always go to McDonalds. I cannot eat here though as the food is not cooked in the right laws of Jewish religion. At school I have to take a packed lunch too as the food is not fitting to Jewish laws either. And whenever I eat I must say a prayer, even if it is in my head. This also takes time, but it is my religion. A serious problem is that medicines that are in capsule form have gelatine in them, and this is made from crushed animal bones, and obviously I cannot take them. However, if it really is urgent that I take these medicines, for instance if it was a life or death situation, then the food rules are put to one side for that moment. Many restaurants are also not kosher. Some do though have a license from the rabbinical authority, and they can serve meat or dairy foods, but never both. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Food Technology section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Food Technology essays

  1. Research into how people view Internet shopping.

    Some of these include credit card fraud or ordering the wrong item accidentally. These can occur frequently with some shoppers making mistakes by clicking on the wrong item. This can be frustrating for shoppers and therefore make them rethink shopping on line again.

  2. heal and social unit 2

    If he stopped he will feel some withdrawal. After quitting smoking he has to get a good diet so his health improves. He will have to consult his doctor about his diet. He will need to find out what makes him smoke and try to ovoid these barriers.

  1. A BETTER APPROACH TO FOOD SAFETY MANAGEMENT IN FOOD AND DAIRY INDUSTRIES

    Like several other countries, Nigeria has to contend with the problem of food-borne diseases with their attendant social, economic and health costs. (Omotayo et al., 2002). Realizing the central focus that the issue of food safety is attracting globally, Nigeria needs to take appropriate and pragmatic steps to ensure food safety and quality for domestic consumption and export.

  2. I will look at six existing products which are already available and evaluate how ...

    This meets the need for cost. * Need for packaging- the packaging is very attractive, as the background is red with Chinese writing, this represents the origination of where the dish comes from, which is China. The colours also represents that the dish is authentic and aromatic.

  1. Food Technology - Healthy School Meals

    Deep fried products. Meals should not contain more than two deep fried products in a single week. This includes products which are deep-fried in the manufacturing process. Milk and dairy foods - includes milk, cheese, yoghurt (including frozen and drinking yoghurt), fromage frais, and custard.

  2. Group Preliminary Report - The McDonald's

    However, there are a lot of people against the use of GM food and refuse to consume product from McDonald's. This is another problem raised after the improvements of ingredients are made. Competitor Analysis The competitor of McDonald can be simply defined as all fast food restaurants in Hong Kong.

  1. There has become an increasing demand for single portion food products - I will ...

    I have also discovered that osteoporosis affects one in four women over the age of sixty-five. This is as a result of poor intake of minerals. If I try to incorporate minerals into my product it will then hopefully

  2. Kashrut essay (food laws)

    In the torah it states that Jews must not eat the blood of an animal so all blood must be removed before Jews can eat it. A kosher butcher usually does the removal of the blood but some Jews prefer to do this themselves because of a force of habit

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work