Kosher Food

Kosher food is food that meets Jewish dietary laws. Any food can be called kosher food if it adheres to Jewish law. Foods that are considered Jewish aren't necessarily kosher. Kosher food laws are rather extensive, some are derived from the bible and others through rabbinic interpretations over the years.

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Why is catfish not kosher?

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To be kosher, fish need scales and fins. The dictionary definition of cat fish is "Any of numerousscaleless, chiefly freshwater fishes of the order Siluriformes, characteristically having whiskerlike barbels extending from the upper jaw"

What is the best Kosher Deli in Seattle?

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Rosa's Kosher Pizza350 5th Ave

New York, NY 10001

(212) 239-4700‎

(212) 244-7672‎

I've never been there but my friend said it was really good!

Here are some reviews:

1. Best Kosher Dairy place in NYC BY FAR!!!!‎ -samiamgoyanx‎ - Oct 2, 2009

2. Best Kosher Pizza In town ‎ -Nathan‎ - Jul 28, 2009Not only is Rosa's a breath of fresh air in the Kosher world of pizza. Rosa's is surprisingly fairly priced. I have never been dissapointed yet! The portions are larger than anywhere Ive ever eaten. Take all of these positives and put it in the heart of Manhattan? Unheard of...that's until Rosa's came along.... The only negative I can think of know what?... There isn't any! Enjoy! I hope my review came of assistance.

(sorry its a little lopsided)im a Big FAN OF ROSAS Very nice people nice service GREAT FOOD a little taste of what good pizza should taste like‎

Where are Rhode Island red chickens located?

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You can get a Rhode Island Red hen from a farmer who raises chickens. You can also order them on line.

What is in the Jewish sabbath meal?

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The sabbath is an everlasting covenant between the Jewish people and G-d. A part of its observance is to enjoy the day. Meals eaten at night, during the morning and late afternoon are all part of its observance and enjoyment.

What do Jews eat on Sabbath Day?

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There are 3 meals on the Sabbath. One in the Evening (Friday night), and two during the day. The meals are festive meals starting with kiddush over wine in the first two meals. Bread should be eaten for each of the 3 meals. The bread on the Sabbath is called 'Challah'. Other than that, one may eat whatever he likes. Many eat meat, poultry or fish.

What happens at the sabbath meal?

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Sabbath is a day of rest for people who follow Judaism. It occurs on the seventh day of the week and is considered a holy day of rest.


The Jewish Sabbath is from Friday sundown until Saturday after twilight. Its origin is in the Torah (Genesis ch.2, Leviticus ch.23, Exodus ch.20 and many other passages).
The Sabbath is considered in Judaism to be a day blessed by God (Genesis ch.2), a day of rest (Exodus ch.20, ch.31), and a day of strengthening ties with the family, the community, and with God.
Here is further background information:
There are two main aspects to Shabbat observance: what we do and what we don't do.
What we don't do: we're not permitted to work on the Shabbat (Exodus ch.20). This includes 39 categories of productive interaction with the world, such as planting, writing, kindling fire, etc. (Talmud, Shabbat 73b).
What we do: candles are lit, customarily by the lady of the household, around 20 minutes before sunset on Friday afternoon. We then attend synagogue for the Friday afternoon prayer (mincha), the kabbalat Shabbat (ushering in of the Shabbat), and the Shabbat evening prayer (maariv).
On Shabbat morning, we again attend synagogue. The services are longer than on weekdays and include prayers as well as reading the weekly Torah-portion. There's often a kiddush (refreshments) afterwards, and congregants have a chance to schmooze (to talk). Towards the late afternoon, there's another (short) service (Shabbat mincha).
After Friday night services and on Shabbat morning after services, we come home, often with guests, make kiddush (blessing over wine), and have a leisurely multi-course Shabbat meal including singing and words of Torah. Customarily, that week's Torah-reading (parsha) will be a topic of conversation; and the children of the family will have a chance to speak of what they've learned in school.
After that, Shabbat is a quiet time: no phones, radio or TV (etc.), just schmoozing, taking walks, visiting friends, reading, learning Torah, playing board games, etc. Husband and wife, in particular, finally have a chance to be together after a hectic week.

How did ancient Romans cook?

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Of course they did! They used to eat tons of meat and stuff that would have killed them raw.

Does every religious Jewish person eat kosher food?

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People of the Jewish religion eat 'kosher" (meaning fit) food because that is the way they were commanded by God in the Tanach.

How did the Romans cook and prepare their food?

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The Roman staple was bread, which could be baked in the field by a Roman Legionary using a small, portable clay oven, or in a mechanized mass production bakery in a city such as Rome.

Romans also cooked over coals, often using olive oil which was another staple of Roman life.

Don't forget the spit. Roasting various types of meat was done on a rotating spit. Also there were household ovens where the stuffed pastries were baked.

What foods do Jews eat?

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Many people incorrectly believe that "kosher" is a style of cooking but this couldn't be further from the truth. Kosher simply refers to foods that are prepared following the laws of kashrut (Jewish dietary laws) which does not dictate the style of foods eaten by Jews outside of prohibiting certain types of foods. As such, religiously observant Jews will only those those foods that are Kosher.

The basic rules of kashrut are:

1. Land animals must have split hooves and chew their cud.

2. Fish must have scales and fins.

3. Birds must not be amongst the list of forbidden birds in the Torah and must not be hunters.

4. Meat and dairy cannot be combined in any way.

5. Consumption of blood is forbidden.

Now, to answer the question as to what foods Jews eat, this varies greatly depending on what part of the world said Jews are from. The types of foods eaten by Jews from Eastern Europe will be different from those in Southern Europe, from those in India, Northern Africa, Yemen, Iraq, Israel, etc.

Foods will even vary by region within the same part of the world, a dish that is eaten by Polish Jews may also be eaten by Russian Jews, however, the ingredients or how that specific dish is made will be different.

American Jews usually eat plenty of matzoh ball soup and latkes(potato pancakes) lox and bagels.

Israeli Jews eat middle eastern foods... humus... dolmades... different types of fish... cabbage rolls...

this is coming from an American Jew with lots of israeli friends. I also eat a kosher beef hot dog soup often.

Is there a special meal after a bar mitzvah?

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A bar mitzvah meal is not a religiously prescribed meal such as the seder which is part of Passover, however, a bar mitzvah generally does include a party, so people do indulge in a feast of some kind.

Is sweetex kosher parev?

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Yes, it is. OU

What is an example of a kosher menu?

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since people who keep kosher do not mix milk and meat products the answer will depend on the type of meal you would like to serve.

a festive meal can be the following

  1. chicken soup
  2. meat stew
  3. rice
  4. steamed vegtables
  5. non dairy ice cream

Kosher simply refers to food that is prepared following the rules of kashrut. A menu depends on region and cultural background of the people cooking.

A recent dinner party I attended served:





Grilled Eggplant

Malawach with schug salsa



3 kinds of Falafel in pita with tahina and vegetables

Artichoke hearts stuffed with ground lamb

Moroccan stewed vegetables

Spicy beef meatballs

BBQ'd chicken



Black forest cake

Chocolate cake layered with blue berries and covered chocolate ganache

Shortbread made with ground pecans

Komish (Jewish biscotti)


Turkish coffee

How many are Jewish food laws?

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The laws of kashrut.

See also the Related Link.


What can't Jews eat on the sabbath day?

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On Passover, leavened foods made from or containing any of the 5 grains (wheat, rye, barley, oats, and spelt) may be eaten, because of the prohibition against leavened foods in Passover (Exodus ch.12). This includes bread, pasta, cakes, pastries, crackers, pancakes, pizza, cereal, etc.
Instead, unleavened bread, which is called matzah is eaten. Matzah may also be ground into different consistencies to cook with. Other foods such as fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat and fish, are permitted, following the year-round rules of keeping kosher.
Ashkenazi Jews have a custom which also prohibits grains such as rice and corn and legumes such as beans, lentils, and peanuts during Passover. The restriction applies to their use in all forms, so it prohibits the ingestion of products that use corn syrup such as candy or soda and many others. See:

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Is a salmon and cheese bagel kosher?

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Yes, salmon is a kosher fish.

What foods are the Jewish Religion Allowed and not allowed?

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Religiously observant Jews will not eat any food that is not kosher (fit). The core rules of kashrut (dietary laws) are:

* Land animals must have split hooves and chew their cud.

* Fish have to have scales and fins.

* Birds cannot be amongst those listed as forbidden in the Torah and cannot be hunters/scavengers

* Animals must be killed in a specific manner and must be free of all disease

* As much blood as possible must be removed from meat as consumption of blood is forbidden

* Dairy and meat cannot be combined in the same meal and there's a waiting period between eating one then the other.

* Orthodox Jews and some Conservative Jews will not eat certain fruits and vegetables because it's too difficult to guarantee that all bugs have been washed away (cauliflower, asparagus, and the like).

Additionally, food must be prepared and handled following kashrut. Any food that does not meet these requirements cannot be eaten by those who are religiously observant.

Why is the front portion of a cow considered kosher?

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Cows are by nature kosher because they chew their cud and have cloven hooves. Front or back is no issue, but how the cow is killed does affect whether its meat is considered kosher - the idea is to drain the life blood out of the meat in the killing process (in ancient times thought to be both relatively more "humane" than clubbing an animal to death and the proscription was against eating blood although people didn't realize it was infused into the flesh...). If on the other hand you're referring to the idea that the proscription is not to "seethe" (boil, simmer, cook...) a calf in its mother's milk and the milk comes from the udders in the posterior of the cow, that's a different issue. There it is a question of respect for the animal since mother's milk is life-giving and it seemed to be just a violation of the value of life and motherhood (among other things). That's why dishes like Beef Stroganoff are not kosher, because the sauce over the beef contains milk products.

Does a rabbi has to say something from torah to make food kosher?

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No, a rabbi doesn't have to be involved in the preparation of kosher food whatsoever. What makes food kosher is that the ingredients are kosher and the preparation follows the rules of kashrut.

Can Jews eat hamburger buns?

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Jews, like all human beings, are created with the free will to choose what they will

do, how they will do it, and in general how they will live their lives. Those who choose

to follow the guidance of Jewish ethics and morals, and the do's and don'ts of life

according to Judaism, will not eat cheeseburgers, since the laws of Kashrus (the

Jewish dietary laws) rule out the combination of meat components and dairy components.

The first contributor to post an answer to this question ... about 2 hours before mine ...

wrote: No, it makes their brains implode :(

I felt obligated to change that answer, because it was written out of such a

complete misconception, and is such a completely foreign concept in Judaism.

There are obviously huge numbers (comparatively) of Jews who eat cheeseburgers,

and hardly ever a report of an imploding head. The falsehood of the simplistic,

causal relationship implied in the first answer is obvious to any sentient being

with the proverbial half-a-brain. But even more important than all that, the

reason for the dietary laws is clearly stated in the plain text of the Torah. The

fact that it is almost universally ignored and never quoted is exactly because it

takes so much more than half-a-brain, plus a lot of work, to understand what it

means. The reason to eschew the cheeseburger, according to the Torah, is in

order to "be holy". I have lived for quite a long time and still do not understand

what that means, and I venture to guess that you can say the same. But there

is a reason for Kashrus. There it is, it has nothing to do with imploding heads,

and it may be a lot bigger and more important than that.

Is fish and chips kosher?

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Fish and chips can be kosher if it`s made with kosher fish in a kosher kitchen. In fact, it was Portuguese Jews who introduced fried fish to England.

What are some dietary laws of judasim?

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There are hundreds if not thousands of laws surrounding kashrut. The key rules are:

1. Animals must have both split hooves and chew their cud.

2. Fish must have scales and fins.

3. Birds must not be hunters/scavengers and must not be one of the forbidden species specified in the Torah.

4. Meat and dairy must be kept completely separate.

5. Animals cannot display any sign of injury and disease.

6. Animals and birds must be slaughtered in a specific manner and drained of all blood.

7. Consumption of blood is forbidden.