Kashrut: Dietary Laws
What does it mean for a food to be kosher? Kosher is the Hebrew word for "fit" or "appropriate" and describes the food that Jewish law finds suitable to eat. So who decides what's kosher and what isn't? And where do the laws come from?Read more
Traditional Jewish practice forbids the consumption of some types of food.
Observing Jewish dietary laws means living within boundaries.
The many elements of a kosher diet.
Certain biblical restrictions became the basis for later Jewish dietary practices.
Ask an average person to describe kosher food and they might say it is food "blessed by a rabbi."
Traditions and Practices
What it means to separate meat from milk.
Making a kitchen kosher.
A survey of some of the laws governing the slaughter of kosher animals for meat.
How to buy kosher processed foods, including issues of breads, cheeses, wines.
Kashrut gives us a physical sense of purity.
In the Bible, the consumption of food and drink is considered a great joy of life--and is also subject to a number of restrictions.
Jewish homemakers mobilized the women of the Lower East Side to protest rising meat prices.
Reform Jews have good reason to choose to observe some or all of the kosher laws.
Reasoning from Maimonides, Nahmanides, and the kabbalists.
By Irving Welfeld
Modern Jews balance secular knowledge and Jewish commitments to decide what and how to eat.
Recent writers reflect on what observing kashrut has meant in their own lives.
Bringing animal treatment, workers' conditions, and environmental issues to a kosher table.
Environmental standards for what and how we eat.
Even food that we think is fit to eat, might not be kosher.