Cashrut Laws

From Kashrut Laws  we learn that the life is a holly effort an what we should eat is established from G-d.

The laws that are referred to this millenary practice were ordered from G-d. They are written in Leviticus and Deuteronomy, in the written Torah.

They were transmitted verbally from one generation to the other, for centuries. Lately they were written in Mishnah and Talmud, so that they would not be transformed or misrepresented.

As in all divine commandments, the fulfillment of Kashrut laws, it only brings benefits.

Not to mention that the Torah watches over the physical health from everyone, as is attested in the codes of Jewish laws.

In the Judaism it always stands out the importance for the person to have a “health vehicle” for the Jewish soul to express himself.

As we know the food affects directly the physical health and mental from the human being.

The kashrut standards involve details since the consumption of allowed animals and their slaughter, to the examination of vegetables and cereals.

Nevertheless, now a day we could say that there is a big easiness in the consumption of the kosher food.

A lot of food from the industry is given a verification stamp.

We will describe bellow some basics principals about the rules that are part of the kosher diet.

It is prohibited to eat a cooked mixture of meat and milk. These foods can’t be eaten together (even when there is no intention of ingesting them).

The prohibition about these combinations is so rigorous that a Jew cannot take and advantage of it. Not even to a non-Jew or another animal to consume, as an example, a dog.

This law of the Torah was denominated as “choc”, a law which reason wasn’t given by G-d.

Even if there is no “logic” reason, the prohibition of mixing meat and milk it is unquestionable fulfilled by the Jewish people.

Another standard from the Talmud is that we have to wait six hours to ingest milk derivatives after the consumption of meat.

And between milk to consumption of meat is one hour. The Torah doesn’t really explain the reason that we have to wait six hours. However, the commentators give some reasons.

The Maimonides affirms that the meat could be stuck between the teeth. However after six hours it deteriorates until it’s not considering meat anymore.

Rashi however says that because the nature of the meat is to be greasy, the taste stays in the mouth for a long time. And if the person ingested milk before the time between, he would have the taste mixed of milk and meat in the mouth. That is why it is prohibited.

Still in the laws of kashrut, when is eaten hard cheese (parmesan, Swiss cheese), it has to wait six hours before you can eat meat.

For the safety of the fullest separation of meat and milk, a kosher kitchen must have separated set of dishes. The same also applies for utensils, pans and different areas for the preparation of meat and dairy.

A third category of food, called parve, which is made of not dairy or meat. That means that it could be consumed with the both of them. However, it is recommendable to also separate dishes for parve food.

As it can be eaten with meat or milk, it is better to separate the food, so it doesn’t get confused.

Eggs, fish, fruits, vegetables, cereals, and juices are food that is considered common parve food. Food that are industrialized are also included in the list, as: noodles, soda, coffee,  tea, and others.

It should be noted that all the processed products (meat, milk or parve), it should be acquired only if they have a reliable kosher certificate.

In a lot of countries, because of the growing search of the Jewish tourist people, it is higher the presence of a Mashguiach. It happens in restaurants, hotels and even in ships.

In the cruises, it can be found incredible trips, in first class with a service of a Mashguiach.

In the other hand, hotels that are called more popular, they also count with a rabbinic supervision in Jewish dates as sukkot and pessach.

To supervise the preparation of the food, from the beginning, according to the commandments of the Torah, the Mashguiach stays in the establishments where he works.

The Mashguiach has to train and inspect the workers of the kitchen, so they don’t compromise the kashrut of the kitchen.

It is his attribution also to light any fire from the oven or stove that is going to be used for the preparation of the food. As well as turning the switch from the electric stove, so that a non-jew would be able to cook.

It is also his job to verify the cooked or raw eggs that will be used on the food. The eggs that has blood has to be eliminated.

As well as a sieve has to be used from him to sift all the flour that is going to be used on the plate.

It is also his job to verify all the leaves, so it won’t have any worms.

The same it is applied with grains, beans, lentils, corn, pea, chickpeas, and others.

The Mashguiach has to be a person with high credibility and observant of all the Jewish rules. He has to follow strictly what the rabbi responsible from the hashgacha says.

Here, inside of the rules of the kashrut’s laws, the Hashgachá has a vital importance.

As generally interpreted as divine providence, Hashgachá means not only that G-d knows what is happening between us, he is also involved in supervising us.

In the kashrut, the Hashgachá has to be under the supervision of a rabbi that is the authority in the subject.

This is what defines the strict from that supervision. He determines in all the aspects, all the industrial food that can be used, the supervision of the utensils, the equipments. And even everything that is involved in what is being elaborated in the kitchen.

A lot of people, even within the Judaism, ask if wouldn’t be better to “become” a vegetarian than eating kosher. Actually who chooses to become vegetarian, he does it for a lot of reasons. Doesn’t like the taste of the meat or imagines that a diet based on meat is less healthy than a vegetarian. Others think that is morally wrong to kill an animal to eat. In other words, to use that being to be satisfied, to benefit himself.

In Judaism, the thought is that ideally, it shouldn’t have barriers between the spiritual existence and physical from the person. That is, the life has to be a continuous connection G-d. in Judaism, the activities that are considered “mundane”, as eating, sleeping or going to work, they are also part of the mission to serve G-d.

Exactly this activities are the bridge that we access areas that are more elevated. Therefore, when we eat, for example, we are keeping our physical well-being. Oing this, is only one of the ways o bringing hollines for our lives.

The Talmud reveals that, at the end of the person’s life, the first question from G-d is: “Did you taste the entire product that I put on the earth?”.

We were born also to appreciate all the good that the life can provide us.

One of the biggest knowledgeable about the jewish laws, Maimonides describes in his studies the following: it is a commandment to split the meat in the holidays, precisely to increase the person’s pleasure.

Comparing with the vegetarian, it doesn’t apply to them, precisely because they don’t consume the meat.

The Judaism not only permits to eat meat, but also encourages, as much as the animal is kosher.

When consuming the correct way, the kosher way, the person’s table, becomes a virtual altar, serving G-d.

The same way, the jewish holly book, emphasize the compassion for the animals. An example is that G-d chose Moses to lead the jews, based, simply, in his affectionate care for the flock of sheeps.

According to the Judaism it is prohibited to cause suffering for the animals. In case an animal depends on you for sustenance, it is absolutely prohibited to eat before we feed them. The same way, we are obliged to give our pets, one day of rest on shabat. Another very important standard is that is prohibited to use two different species to pull the same plow, because it is not fair for the weaker animal.

Another prohinition refere to slaughter a cow and her calf on the same day. As well as cutiing and eating a member of a living animal. And its slaughtering must be done with the minimum of suffering for the animal. The blade must be carefully ehaminated to make sure the most painless form of death.

Another serious prohibition is hunting the animal for sport. That practice is seen as a serious depreciation from our wise rabbis.

To deal casually or as a sport with an animal’s life it is unethical to the jewish values.

On the other hand, if a jew wants to accede the way of a vegetarian life, he is wrong. Even if a jew wants to eat in a vegetarian restaurant and doesn’t consume any type of meat, he infringes the kashrut.

When handling and cooking vegetables, green leaves or fruits, there is also kashrut standards to be fulfilled. They need a supervision to become kosher. The same is for the dishes (plates and cutlery) that is going to be used on the meal. They will need to pass through a kosher process.

In Judaism, the highest level that the animal can reach, is to be consumed from a human being, and be used for a divine service. A chicken on the shabat table is a lucky chicken!