Of all the Religious Dietary Laws and Restraints
, the Orthodox Judiac dietary
laws are possibly the most complicated.
A number of Jews
are either unable or unwilling to keep kosher
as prescribed by the Talmud
, the body of rabbinic law
that discusses what is and is not kosher
). Those that instead choose to keep kosher
precisely as instructed in the Bible
are said to remain 'biblically kosher
who pick and choose which dietary
laws to follow at whim
are sometimes described as faux kosher
An example will help. Deuteronomy 14:21 and Exodus 23:19 say,
Thou shalt not seethe [cook] a kid in his mother's milk.
This was extended by rabbinic Judaism
to ban the consumption
of milk products
together completely -- this ban also includes plates
and cooking vessels
used to prepare or serve either.
Some (including Karaite Jews, a sect that rejects the Talmud) believe that this is excessive and choose to combine meat and dairy, or not, as they wish. Most Karaites, for example, will eat chicken and dairy together -- and some will combine beef and dairy provided they're from different sources.
- Israel's 30,000 Karaites follow Bible, not Talmud
- rec.food.cuisine.jewish FAQ