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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 is NOT a requirement that animals must have in order to be considered kosher?
 They must be herbivores
 They must chew their cud
 They must have a cloven hoof
 They must have fur

 

Question 2. Glatt (as in "glatt kosher") is a Yiddish term meaning what?
 Smooth
 Hard
 Soft
 Torn

 

Question 3. What is the principle of tsa'ar ba'alei hayyim?
 The prevention of pain or cruelty to animals
 Not mixing milk and meat during meals
 Having a strictly vegetarian lifestyle
 The ethical discipline of avoiding certain foods or limiting one's appetite because of the growing scarcity of food in parts of the world

 

Question 4. What is the Hebrew word for a kosher symbol on a package of food?
 A heksher
 A kasher
 A mashgiach
 A knuffle
 A baal hayyim

 

Question 5. Which of these terms describes food that is neither meat nor dairy?
 Hashgakhah
 Pareve
 Mehadrin
 Terefah

 

Question 6. True or false: Kosher and halal food obey the same laws.
 True
 False

 

Question 7. 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