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24 August 2017

What does Kosher mean?

The definition of what kosher means is multifaceted.  Prior to coming to live as an expatriate in Israel, I was under the impression that the word Kosher implied only to meat and the way it was slaughtered.  Having had the opportunity to live here since December 2014 I now have a better understanding of the word Kosher and its implications with regards to food.  Having said that, what can be defined as kosher or not is rather complex and I would suggest people who are interested in finding more about this subject to carry out their own research.

Kosher, adjective (of food or premises in which food is sold, cooked or eaten) satisfying the requirements of Jewish law.

 Kosher foods are those that conform to the regulations of kashrut (Jewish dietary law). Food that may be consumed according to halakha (Jewish law) is termed kosher in English, from the Ashkenazi pronunciation of the Hebrew term kashér (כָּשֵׁר‎), meaning "fit" (in this context, fit for consumption). Food that is not in accordance with Jewish law is called treif  Yiddish: טרײף‎, derived from Hebrew: טְרֵפָה‎‎ trāfáh) meaning "torn." 

Permitted and forbidden species
Animal products
Dairy products
Cheese
Eggs
Gelatin
Blood
Ritual slaughter
Foreleg, cheeks and maw
Food preparation by non-Jews
Kosher wine
Tainted food
Milk and meat
Fish and meat

Pikuach nefesh: The laws of kashrut can be broken for pikuach nefesh, i.e. when human life or health is at stake. So, for example, it is allowed for a patient to eat non-kosher food if it is essential for recovery, or when one would starve if not partaking of non-kosher food.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kosher_foods 
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