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Food Laws in the Jewish Tradition

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There are many rules and regulations to do with food and the way it is stored, prepared and eaten. This is called Kashrut. Foods are split into three categories Kosher meaning fit to eat, trefah meaning forbidden foods and parve being neutral foods that can be eaten with both meat and dairy. Kosher animals are animals that have a split hoove and chew the cud, Kosher seafood are fish that have both scales and fins all crustaceans would be classed as trefah. The foods that come under the category parve are mainly fruits and vegetables that can be eaten with either meat or dairy. ...read more.


He uses an extremely sharp blade to slit the throat of animals in doing so the carotid arteries and jugular veins are slit which cuts off blood supply to the brain immediately and causes no pain to the animal. Most importantly this method drains most of the blood from the animals which is extremely important in the Jewish faith because Jews are forbidden to eat blood as said in the torah "The blood is the life". To get rid of the remains of the blood it is removed by a processes called Kashering. This consists of soaking the meat in water for half an hour this is to soften the texture and to help the salt seep into the flesh and remove all blood. ...read more.


Kosher is gods diet for spirituality. Jewish people believe there is a link between what you eat and who you are. These rules can be extremely difficult for Jews to keep in a modern days society because of the strict dietary rules. They cannot dine out at any restaurant it has to be a certified Kosher restaurant to ensure that all meats are kosher and dairy and meat are not mixed. It can also be tough to get hold of kosher meats especially in small tows and villages, you might have to travel many miles to find kosher meats. It can be very difficult for children to follow these rules because not attending a kosher school means they will be unable to eat in the school canteen, eat out with friends or eat at friends houses. . ...read more.

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