nature and purpose of kashrut

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  • kashrut
    • it is an opportunity to bring kedusha or holiness into everyday life
    • jews believe these laws come from god which is why they keep them.
    • some suggest the laws had health benefits at the time they were made - seafood would have travelled long distances without refigeration, pigs carried disease, etc
    • deuteronomy 14:3-10 lists some of the foods that are allowed and forbiden.
    • acceptable food is called kosher, meaning 'fit' and 'correct' ; non-kosher food is called is called treifah, meaning 'torn'.

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