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Kashrut (also kashruth or kashrus, כַּשְׁרוּת) is the set of Jewish dietary laws. Food in accord with halakha (Jewish law) is termed kosher in English, from the Ashkenazi pronunciation of the Hebrew term kashr (כָּשֵׁר), meaning "fit" (in this context, fit for consumption by Jews according to traditional Jewish law). Food that is not in accordance with Jewish law is called treif (Yiddish: טרײף or treyf, derived from Hebrew: טְרֵפָה‎ trēfh).

Many of the basic laws of kashrut are derived from the Torah's Books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy, with their details set down in the oral law that according to Jewish tradition was handed down by word of mouth down the generations from Moses[1] and it was finally codified in the Mishnah which is the earliest portion of the Talmud. Later summaries of Halakhah such as the Shulhan Arukh, the Mishnah Berurah and other rabbinical authorities exist.

The Torah does not explicitly state the reason for most kashrut laws, (or, for that matter many other laws) and many varied reasons have been offered for these laws, ranging from philosophical and ritualistic to practical and hygienic. Traditional Orthodox Jews believe that it is not necessary to base all of the laws on reasoning. This was discussed by Maimonides in the Guide to the Perplexed

About one-sixth of American Jews maintain the kosher diet.[2] Many Jews observe kashrut partially, by abstaining from pork or shellfish, or not drinking milk with a meat dish. Some keep kosher at home but will eat in a non-kosher restaurant.

Jews comprise only about 20% of the market for kosher food in the United States. A sizable non-Jewish segment of the population views kosher certification as an indication of wholesomeness. Strict vegetarians, Muslims, Hindus, and people with allergies to dairy foods, consider the kosher-parve designation as an assurance that a food contains no animal-derived ingredients, including milk and all of its derivatives.[3]

The word kosher has become a part of English slang, a colloquialism meaning proper, legitimate, genuine, fair, or acceptable.

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The New Jewish Family Kitchen: 40 Kosher Recipes for Jewish Holidays + Every Day

the New Jewish family Kitchens
Fresh from a kosher kitchen, the forty delectable recipes in this conveniently sized box are keyed to ten major Jewish holidays: Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Chanukah, Tu B'Shvat, Purim, Passover, Lag B'Omer, and Shavuot. The front of each durable, laminated card presents a full-color photograph and indicates whether the recipe is pareve or contains dairy or meat-you'll find the perfect dish in a snap and have a delicious, wholesome kosher meal on the table in no time.


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