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Kashrut/Dietary Laws Quiz

The rules of kashrut dictate which animals can be eaten, how to slaughter animals, and how to separate meat and dairy. How much do you know about the details of and reasons behind kashrut?

Question 1. How did some Jews in the Hellenistic world of late antiquity interpret the rules of kashrut?
 As laws that must be strictly followed with the utmost precision
 As allegorical acts intended to teach universal philosophical truths
 As laws that were too hard to be followed strictly
 As a symbol of the covenant between God and the Jews


Question 2. True or false: To ensure that meat and milk are not eaten together in any way, it is customary to wait a certain amount of time after a meat meal, before eating dairy.


Question 3. To be considered kosher, what two characteristics must birds have?
 Be capable of flight and not be birds of prey
 Build nests and molt
 Have webbed feet and not be birds of prey
 Be capable of flight and build nests


Question 4. What did Maimonides believe was the purpose of the strictures of kashrut?
 To curb our appetites
 To bring us closer to God
 To put us in the Book of Life
 To make sure animal species do not become endangered


Question 5. Were Adam and Eve vegetarians?


Question 6. Who were the first people in the Bible to eat meat?
 Adam and Eve
 Cain and Abel
 Noah and his family
 Moses and the desert-bound Children of Israel
 None of the above.


Question 7. True or false: If blood is found in a piece of meat or an egg, it is no longer kosher to eat.