Jewish Dietary Laws
WHAT ARE JEWISH DIETARY LAWS:
The Jewish dietary laws are called Kashrut. They are a set of Jewish religious dietary restrictions that include what foods can be eaten and how they should be prepared. It also prohibits the consumption of any food products derived from animals that have not been slaughtered under kosher law (e.g., pork or shellfish).
WHAT MAKES FOOD KOSHER ACCORDING TO JEWISH LAW:
In Jewish law, what is Kosher is not just what is not forbidden, but what is allowed is. Kosher food must meet certain standards and meet certain requirements to be classified as Kosher. One such requirement is that the food, when cooked, must adhere to a certain level of hand preparation and inspection. This includes washing the utensils used to prepare the food and ensuring that the cooking surfaces are free from any non-Kosher substances. The reason for this is that the act of cooking changes the food and it loses its status as Kosher.