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Are The Jewish Food Laws Still Important?

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A03 Question: Are the Jewish food laws important in modern day society? Perhaps the most well-known Jewish religious practice is that of eating only foods that are "kosher." The laws of kashrut (Jewish dietary laws) can seem strange to a non-Jew, but they have held great meaning for Jewish people throughout their history. Different branches of Judaism disagree on just how important these food laws are. Orthodox Jews believe that every law including the food laws should be kept because God would not have set them if he did not intend for his people to follow them and if there was not a good reason to follow them. There are many suggestions of what the purpose for having these laws in place is. ...read more.


The laws were written thousands of years ago and are therefore considered, by followers of Reformed Judaism to not apply and be necessary to modern day society. Orthodox Jews argue that if these laws are as Reform Jews say, 'of little importance in modern day society' then God would have told his people this and altered the laws to suit modern day society - which he has not done. Orthodox Jews claim that Reformists are picking and choosing which rules they want to keep which they see as incorrect and lazy. However, I think that Reform Jews are just altering some of the laws to make them suit modern day. The laws of kashrut are seen as unimportant to Reform Jews because they believe that the main reason they were put in place was to protect the Jewish people from illnesses such as food poisoning and tapeworm. ...read more.


Peter replied. "I have never eaten anything impure or unclean." The voice spoke to him a second time, "Do not call anything impure that God has made clean." Acts 10 (9-15) In conclusion, I believe that if the majority of other religions do not believe in or keep these food laws and are perfectly healthy then I do not think that Jewish people need to either. I can also see that in the future the number of followers of Orthodox Judaism might decrease because of its old traditions and inability to change. Orthodox believers might even convert to Reform Judaism because it is a much more modernized version, which allows women to have a larger input in the synagogue and which allows the relaxation of overly strict and somewhat outdated mitzvahs. ...read more.

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