What's the point of kosher

Kosher life

Controversial set of rules

Some liberal Jews perceive the strict rules of their religion as an arbitrary restriction on their options for action, such as the prohibition on wearing mixed fabrics of wool and linen.

Many believers, on the other hand, see the regulations as an aid to giving religious depth to everyday life. For them, the religious laws are their way to a more conscious life.

For believing Jews, the set of rules represents the meaning of life. God has chosen the Jews so that they must undertake to obey his rules, however complicated they may be. In doing so, God gave the Jews a deeper meaning in life, which fills their existence with joy.

So the rules are not seen as a burden, but as the opportunity to live life according to God's wishes - that is, to live properly.

Many of the commandments may appear logical to outsiders, while others are difficult to understand. For example, rules that require that a certain tendon be removed from beef. For Jews, however, the question of logic does not arise at all, because the rules were given by God. The book of Job also explains that humans are unable and unable to follow God's thoughts.

Milk and meat must be separated

To make sure that humans do not accidentally break one of the rules, the corresponding commandments have been continuously interpreted and debated for thousands of years.

For safety reasons, buffer zones, so-called fences, were built around the original bids. The ban on "boiling the kid in its mother's milk" became a general ban on mixing milk and meat.

In the meantime, separate dishes are also used for the two types of food. Washing up is done in different sinks. One-kitchen restaurants can only be either "meaty" or "milky" in order to be kosher and serve believers.

To be even safer and to avoid mixing up during digestion, Orthodox wait during meals. The question of how long has been heated debates between various groups and rabbis.

Adaptation to current problems

But they also try to do justice to current developments. Questions relating to new types of fish, dishes or cooking techniques are discussed.

Typically, a person turns to a rabbi with a question of uncertainty. For example, sushi is considered kosher as long as it does not contain seafood. Because Jews are only allowed to eat fish from the sea that have scales and gills.

Another debate arose when a rabbi claimed that the nuri algae used in sushi may also contain remains of microscopic sea creatures. To be on the safe side, he forbade the consumption of sushi. However, there are also rules that say that what is not visible does not affect the kashrut.