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What is Kosher?

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What is Kosher Food?:

Kosher food is food prepared in accordance with Jewish Dietary Laws.

What is Glatt Kosher?:

The technical definition of glatt kosher is meat from animals with smooth or defect-free lungs. However, today the term glatt kosher is often used informally to imply that a product was processed under a stricter standard of kashrut.

What is Treif?:

Treif refers to anything that is not kosher. In other words, any food not prepared in accordance with Jewish Dietary Laws is treif.

Jewish Dietary Laws (Kashrut):

Jewish Dietary Laws are rules and regulations concerning food that are derived from Biblical laws and rabbinical extensions. A person who follows Jewish Dietary Laws is keeping kosher.

Guide to Kosher Symbols:

The "kosherness" of a food is indicated by a symbol printed on the food package. Each symbol represents a particular agency's certification that the food has been processed in accordance with Jewish Dietary Laws. This Guide to Kosher Symbols explains how to read kosher certification food labels.

Glossary of Kosher Terms:

For explanations of terms such as Fleishig, Hashgacha, Hechser, Shechita, Tevilas Keilim and other words having to do with keeping kosher, see this Glossary of Kosher Terms.

Kosher FAQ:

Is swordfish kosher? Why are eggs pareve? Why must poultry be separated from milk products? Where can I find kosher meat? For answers to these questions and more, read these Frequently Asked Questions About Kashrut.

What is Jewish Cuisine?:

Kosher food and Jewish cuisine are not the same. Jewish cuisine is a unique synthesis of foods from around the world that have been adapted to meet the constraints of Jewish religious law (kosher) and/or developed to fulfill Jewish cultural needs. Thus, Moo Shu Chicken may be kosher but is not considered Jewish cuisine. And Cheese Blintzes may not be kosher but is considered Jewish cuisine.

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