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8 Things You Need To Know About Kashrut

We couldn't believe number 3!

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1. Kosher literally translates to "fit" or "appropriate"

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Most would describe Kosher, or, Kashrut to mean "blessed by a Rabbi" or "diet that follows a lot of just really weird rules" but it has a specific translation.

3. There are only two foods that are specifically Jewish in the Torah: Challah and Matzo

Culturally, we love our rugelach , blintzes, black and white cookies, chicken feet, matzo ball soup, liver, and gefilte fish - but only matzo and challah trace their roots to the Good Book.

5. I'm crying fowl!

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Get it? GET IT??? Birds of prey and scavengers are not considered clean, and, therefor, are not kosher. But chicken, turkeys, goose, duck, pigeon and doves are all fair game!

6. Let's get into the meat of it.

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An animal must "(have) a split hoof completely divided and chew the cud." The key word being "and." Although a pig has a split hoof, it does not chew the cud. Ergo, not kosher.

8. Okay, so no eating cow/goat with milk. What about chicken and cheese? Chickens don't make cheese!

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You're right about that! It's not considered alright to combine the two, but that was a decision made by Rabbis more then from the original text. There is a Mishnah in Tractate Hullin (8:4) which discusses this issue in some depth.

Two opinions are presented. One is from Rabbi Akiba, who posits that separating fowl from dairy is a rabbinic prohibition. Countering Rabbi Akiba is Rabbi Yose Ha-Galili, who has no problem with chicken parmesan. Rabbi Akiba won this one (he usually does), but we can interpret differently.

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