Kashrut (כשרות)

You have heard of the word kosher, have you not?

But, did you know that kosher food is eaten by more non-Jewish Americans  than by Jewish Americans?

According to an article in Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, Jewish people constitute only about 20% of the customer base for kosher food in the United States; and, within the American Jewish population, less than 17% of American Jews maintain a kosher diet.

From that Wikipedia article entitled Kashrut, we read:
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 kashér (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 trēfáh).”
Continue to read the entire Wikipedia article Kashrut by clicking here.

The website WordIQ, a free online dictionary, encyclopedia, and educational resource, has this interesting information about Kosher that you may read by clicking on the embedded link contained in therein.

The Judaism 101 article about Kashrut tells us  “Kashrut” comes from the Hebrew root Kaf-Shin-Reish, meaning fit, proper or correct.
Click on over to read the entire article Kashrut: Jewish Dieteary Laws.

You may also wish to visit and explore the Kashrut.org website.
From the home page of that website:
“The goals of this website are to provide free information for the Kosher consumer and an objective outlook of Kashrut issues.”
From the ‘About Us’ page of the website:
“Kashrut.org was established as a community service for the observant Jewish community throughout the world. It’s purpose is to properly educate and provide the necessary information to assist others in conforming to Jewish Laws without unnecessary discomfort and confusion. The site is run by the children of Rabbi Yitzchak Abadi, and with his direct supervision.”

Nu? Ikh bet dikh: Is this a kosher subject or what?


About Roland Louis Hansen

I have been: an organization development consultant; a college-level instructor of political science, psychology, and sociology; a public administrator; a social worker; an elected official; a political operative; a community activist; a union official; a shoe salesman and manager, a factory worker; a fast food restaurant employee; and, a custodian.
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