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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"


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.

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


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!


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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