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Give a detailed account of the Jewish food laws and their origin.

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4a) Give a detailed account o the Jewish food laws and their origin. "These are the animals which you may eat...anything which has a completely split hoof and chews the cud, this you may eat." Food that is allowed to be eaten is known as "kosher" meaning "fit" or "correct" in accordance with the Jewish law. The opposite of Kosher is Treifah. Kashrut is complicated in the modern world because there are so many processed foods with additives which may be Treifah. Some Jewish food producers ask a Rabbi to supervise production. They certify that the food is Kosher so that the Jews will feel able to eat it. Rabbis also analyse other products and issue lists of brand names which are Kosher. Orthodox Jews refer to these lists when shopping. Vegetables and cereal products easily pass the test as long as they are washed clean of insects or bugs. All plants are kosher but not all animals. Other foods have to fulfil far more requirements, especially meat. First only certain animals are permitted to be eaten. These animals are ones which both chew the cud and have split hooves. Cud is the name given to the little balls of grass that certain animal forms in their stomach after swallowing it. ...read more.

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Finally it is then rinsed again. Liver cannot be drained of its blood by soaking and salting it but instead it is cooked well to remove any final traces of blood. It is forbidden to cook and eat milk and meat together. This comes from a law found three times in the Torah: You shall not boil a kid in its mother's milk. (Exodus 23 verse 19, 34 verse 2, Deuteronomy 14 verse 21) This has led the Jewish people to separate completely meat and milk and their products. They use separate cooking utensils and cutlery and never mix the two or serve them at the same meal. After eating meat a time limit of not less than 3 hours is maintained before anything milky may be eaten. However, meat can be eaten quite soon after milk products as long as the mouth and hands are cleansed between the two. Food is carefully labelled to help Jews ensure that they eat food that is Kosher. This label has a K for kosher and a D to show that it is a dairy product. The stamp shows it has been checked and approved by the Bet Din. B) ...read more.

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"There are both advantages and disadvantages in having strict food laws." There are some advantages. For example, it really does keep the Jewish religion or any religion alive. All the Jewish people are following the same set of rules which means that every Jew will be in the same boat. These rules are G?d's word as it is all written in the Torah. The Torah was given to Moses on Mount Sinai from G?d himself. This means that the rules and regulations for food are obviously what G?d wanted the Jews to follow. There are also some disadvantages to having a strict set of food laws as I know from experience that kosher food, especially meat, is much more expensive. Therefore this can cause problems for a kosher family that have not got a lot of money to spent on products like kosher meat. Also there can be a lot of temptation to eat something like a pork sausage, as it is a food that the Jewish people have never eaten. It can be very tempting to just have a small bite. Also it is almost impossible to tell the difference between a pork and beef sausage. Therefore a kosher person could eat a pork sausage not knowing that it was not beef. I do agree with this statement, as I believe that there are many different advantages and disadvantages in having such strict food laws. ...read more.

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