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Kosher



Kosher products, clearly marked.
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Kosher products, clearly marked. Photo: Karen Blumberg.

Kosher lunch.
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Kosher lunch. Photo: Joanna Penn.

Kosher hotdog.
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Kosher hotdog. Photo: Jeffrey Beall.

Jewish rules for what is ritually acceptable.
The regulations on kosher are primarily connected to rules for food. The main rules here are that all vegetables, fish with distinct scales and fins and ruminant mammals with cut hoofs can be eaten.
The slaughtering of animals play an immense part in kosher, and is called shechitah. It is only people examined and authorized by a rabbi who can perform shechitah. The animal is killed through bleeding itself to death, but in an unconscious state. A sharp knife cuts swiftly over the throat, and the corps empty itself for the blood.
As seen by Judaism, kosher is an expression of God's special choice of the Jews, and the holiness of Israel.




By Tore Kjeilen