What Does It Mean to be Kosher?

You can read a full explanation of the Jewish Dietary Laws here, but in a nutshell keeping kosher means:

- All meat must come from animals who have cloven hoofs and chew their cud, plus the animal must have been slaughtered following the kashrut guidelines
- You can only eat fish with fins & scales
- You don't mix meat in it's mother's milk (ie you don't mix meat and dairy in the same meal)
- Foods are broken down into 3 categories - dairy, meat, and parve (from the Yiddish word "pareve" which means neutral.  ex. fish, fruits, vegetables, grains)

A kosher home will also have separate dishes, pots, pans, utensils, etc for meat and dairy.  Parve dishes can be made and served using either meat or dairy.  A home of a very observant Jew might have separate sinks, dishwashers, ovens, etc for meat and dairy.

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