Kosher Standard

Kosher Standard

The word kosher means proper or acceptable, and it has informallyentered the English language with that meaning. The laws of kosher food originate in the Bible, and have been observed by Jews for over 3,300 years. There are three categories of kosher food. The mitzvah of kosher transforms food into a vehicle for holiness, making the kitchen the spiritual hub of the home.

"Kashrut" comes from the Hebrew root Kaf-Shin-Reish, meaning fit, proper or correct. The word "kosher" can also be used, and often is used, to describe ritual objects that are made in accordance with Jewish law and are fit for ritual use.

Though Jewish dietary law is very complex, we have given below some general simplified guidelines:-

  • Certain animals may not be eaten at all. This restriction includes the flesh, organs, eggs and milk of the forbidden animals.
  • Of the animals that may be eaten, the birds and mammals must be killed in accordance with Jewish law.
  • All blood must be drained from meat and poultry or broiled out of it before it is eaten.
  • Certain parts of permitted animals may not be eaten.
  • Fruits and vegetables are permitted, but must be inspected for bugs (which cannot be eaten)
  • Meat (the flesh of birds and mammals) cannot be eaten with dairy. Fish, eggs, fruits, vegetables and grains can be eaten with either meat or dairy. (According to some views, fish may not be eaten with meat).
  • Utensils (including pots and pans and other cooking surfaces) that have come into contact with meat may not be used with dairy, and vice versa. Utensils that have come into contact with non-kosher food may not be used with kosher food. This applies only where the contact occurred while the food was hot.
  • Grape products made by non-Jews may not be eaten.
  • There are a few other rules that are not universal like Bishul Yisroel, Cholov Yisroel, Mevushal.


The food we eat, our health, lifestyle, and belief are all ingredients of our life itself. These ingredients work in tandem to regulate and ensure our wellbeing. Hence, we have to be conscious of our intake and actions. Kashrut, or Kosher as it is commonly referred to simply means fit, acceptable, proper, legit, correct pure or above board. However, its meaning doesn’t stop at that.

What is Kosher?

On a broader note, kosher, a synonym for Kashrut is a Jewish term derived from the word Kaf-Shin-Resh which means fit. A series of items and actions that conforms to the Jewish dietary law are referred to as Kosher. For instance, clothes that abide by specific laws are called kosher clothes, while foods will be called kosher foods and so forth.

The kosher and Jewish dietary laws are ancient, with deep roots in the Bible, especially during the days of Moses over 4,000 years ago. Some of them are referred to as Talmud or kosher dietary, which requires more in-depth and finesse as not just the food type is of concerned but also how they are prepared and what they are prepared with. Hence, the extent and complexity cannot be overemphasized, but with a considerable study, you'll most likely feel you understand them all.

Over the years, kosher has been utilized for the ever-changing and diverse situations, both ancient and recent. However, it has become increasingly difficult to keep tabs on specific foods and how they are processed to fall in line with kosher. Several animals such as rabbit, pork, sturgeon, owl, and eagle are prohibited including most insects and reptiles while selected animals have to be slaughtered in a specific manner. Also, the utensils used during processing also determine whether the food conforms with kosher.

The kosher law covers several aspects of the human food, with specific regards to meat & poultry, parev, fish, eggs, and dairy product. Part of the basics states that all vegetables and fruits are consumable except ones with insects. It also emphasizes that milk and meat should never be combined or cooked using the same utensils,

Despite being stipulated in great details, Kosher is not often seen as just law by all; it is spiritual nutrition, a commandment that strengthens our connection with God. It ensures that animals are treated in a kind manner, offers health benefits to humans and serves as a yardstick to what we eat.

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