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By: Gisela Horlemann - Consumer Service Bavaria


All major religions have their traditional eating habits. This not only includes what foods people like to eat, but also their selection and preparation. That is also the case with them Jewish dietary laws so.

Believing Jews must obey many commandments.

  • Jewish dietary laws - "kosher" and "not kosher" or "treife"
  • Separate milk and meat
  • Kosher meat - butchering
  • Which foods are kosher or should be avoided?
  • Certification
  • Purchase of kosher food

Jewish dietary laws - "kosher" and "not kosher" or "treife"

The traditional Jewish purity laws go back to Moses, who received them from God. These dietary rules - what is pure, i.e. kosher and what is not kosher - have been concretized and specified over the centuries and are summarized under the term kashrut. There are differences between different Jewish faiths. If in doubt, a scholar will help.

According to the Bible (Torah / Torah / Thorah) a Jew is not allowed to eat blood and he is not allowed to “prepare the kid in the mother's milk”. These are the foundations for two essential dietary laws, because Jews are not allowed to prepare and eat milk and meat together.

Separate milk and meat

Jews also like to eat meat. But when meat dishes have been eaten, about six hours must pass before you can eat milky dishes. For milky dishes, which are easier and quicker to digest, the waiting time is shorter; half an hour is sufficient for dishes with meat to be eaten. But here, too, there are different instructions. In an emergency, a scholar will help.

Separate dishes must be used for meat and dairy products, and they must be stored separately. Every Jewish household therefore needs appropriate quantities of dishes and cooking utensils.

Fish, eggs, vegetables and fruit are neutral, they are “parwe” or “parve” and can be prepared and eaten with both dairy and meat dishes.

Kosher meat - butchering

Jews are not allowed to eat carcasses, sick animals or animals that have not been slaughtered according to Jewish rules. This type of killing, the slaughtering, according to the traditional Jewish rites, is carried out by trained experts who have to use a kosher blade. Slaughtering without stunning is generally prohibited in Germany for reasons of animal welfare (Section 4 a Animal Welfare Act). It may only be carried out in exceptional cases, if special religious regulations prescribe a shaft.

The meat must be completely bled. Only when it has also been rinsed, salted and freed of all blood can it be boiled and consumed.

Which foods are kosher or should be avoided?

  • All fresh fruits and vegetables, flour, sugar and salt are kosher
  • all fruit juices (100 percent fruit content) except grape juice
  • Water and beer are also fully kosher
  • kosher fish must have scales and fins; therefore these are left on the animal for sale. The following types of fish are kosher: cod, flounder, halibut, herring, mackerel, salmon, trout and carp
  • Mammals that chew the cud, have four feet and split hooves are allowed, beef, sheep or goat. Chicken is also allowed
  • Deer and roe deer are permitted if they have been slaughtered and not shot while hunting
  • Birds are also allowed to be eaten
  • Camels, rabbits, hares or wild fowl are not kosher
  • Pre-processed foods must be tested (kosher)

Jews are advised to buy meat and poultry from a kosher butcher to make sure the meat is kosher.

Alcohol can be drunk. But it has to be produced kosher. For example, no animal gelatine may be used for clarification.

Certification

The certification of food is carried out by rabbis who are trained for this. This is becoming more and more complex as more and more additives are allowed to be used. Identifying the ingredients is a challenge for a Kosher certification. Because it has to be ruled out again and again that animal and milky components are contained in the food at the same time.

There are different kosher certificates or kosher seals. In case of doubt, a scholar can help.

Purchase of kosher groceries

Shopping is difficult for Jews because very few groceries have a Kosher certificate or a Kosher seal. Many companies fear that their certified products will be rejected by the non-Jewish population.

To make shopping easier, the Rabbi Conference regularly publishes a kosher list for groceries.

An internet delivery system for kosher food has also been set up in recent years.

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