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a) Give a detailed account of the Jewish food laws and their origins. The laws of the kosher diet are designed to fit the religious beliefs of the Jewish religion. 'Kashrut dietary laws' come from the Hebrew root Kaf-Shin-Resh, meaning fit, proper or correct. It is from the same root as the more commonly known word 'Kosher' which describes foods that meet the standards of Kashrut. In the concise English Dictionary kosher is defined as 'Conforming to dietary laws, ritually poor'. 'Selling or serving food prepared in accordance with dietary laws'. 'Correct, Genuine'. The opposite of Kosher is terefah (forbidden), which includes food that Jews following the kosher food law are not allowed to eat. ...read more.


the meat that is eaten in modern society are as follows; "And the pig, for its hoof is split and its hoof is not completely separated, but it does not chew cud- it is unclean to you" "This you may eat from everything that is in the water- everything that has fins and scales in the water, in the seas, and in the streams, those you may eat: And everything that does not have fins and scales in the seas and in the streams- from all that teems in the water, and from all living creatures in the water- they are an abomination to you". A key aspect to the food laws, which all Jews must follow, is the law to do with milk and meat. ...read more.


Honey is also included in the same group although the bee itself is not kosher. The argument is honey is not actually part of the bee just carried by it. Utensils (pots, pans, plates, flatware, etc., etc.) must also be kosher. A utensil picks up the kosher "status" (meat, dairy, pareve, or treif) of the food that is cooked in it or eaten off of it, and transmits that status back to the next food that is cooked in it or eaten off of it. Thus, if you cook chicken soup in a saucepan, the pan becomes meat. If you thereafter use the same saucepan to heat up some warm milk, the fleishik status of the pan is transmitted to the milk, and the milchik status of the milk is transmitted to the pan, making both the pan and the milk a forbidden mixture. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sasha Lord ...read more.

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