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Kashrut/Dietary Laws Quiz

The rules of kashrut dictate which animals can be eaten, how to slaughter animals, and how to separate meat and dairy. How much do you know about the details of and reasons behind kashrut?



Question 1. What did Maimonides believe was the purpose of the strictures of kashrut?
 To curb our appetites
 To bring us closer to God
 To put us in the Book of Life
 To make sure animal species do not become endangered

 

Question 2. What is the kashering method used for most foodware?
 Freezing
 Boiling
 Immersing
 Blessing

 

Question 3. To be considered kosher, what two characteristics must birds have?
 Be capable of flight and not be birds of prey
 Build nests and molt
 Have webbed feet and not be birds of prey
 Be capable of flight and build nests

 

Question 4. In order to be considered kosher, what do fish have to have?
 Fins
 Scales
 Gills
 A & B
 A & C

 

Question 5. If a metal utensil becomes non-kosher (by coming in contact with non-kosher products), how can it be made kosher?
 By exposing it to cold
 By exposing it to heat
 By cleaning it rigorously
 It can never be made kosher again

 

Question 6. How did some Jews in the Hellenistic world of late antiquity interpret the rules of kashrut?
 As laws that must be strictly followed with the utmost precision
 As allegorical acts intended to teach universal philosophical truths
 As laws that were too hard to be followed strictly
 As a symbol of the covenant between God and the Jews

 

Question 7. What does "pareve" mean?
 A food that cannot be eaten with meat or dairy.
 A food that is neither meat nor dairy.
 A knife with which a kosher animal is killed.
 Bland.