Keeping Kosher

Parashat Re’eh Quiz

Learn more about the weekly Torah portion.

Jewish Compassion for All Creatures

Several biblical laws are intended to cultivate humane, compassionate behavior toward animals.

Jewish Recipes

Traditional and Contemporary Jewish Food for Every Occasion.

Keeping Kosher: A Personal Perspective

Boundaries, rules, cravings, and keeping my kashrut fresh

Rav Kook Was Not a Vegetarian!

Among the many false claims about Rabbi Avraham Yitzkak HaCohen Kook is the assertion that he practiced vegetarianism.

Rav Kook & Vegetarianism

This major 20th-century Jewish thinker saw vegetarianism as the biblical ideal to which humankind should work to return.

Food Laws in the Bible

The consumption of food and drink was subject to certain restrictions that became the basis for later Jewish dietary practices.

Making Meat Kosher: Between Slaughtering and Cooking

Blood must be removed from kosher meat, usually by salting and soaking, before it may be cooked and consumed.

Kashrut & Physical Purity

A traditionalist perspective Kashrut on gives us a physical sense of purity.

Vegetarianism and Kashrut

Moral and theological implications of vegetarianism can be seen as a challenge to the rabbinic tradition.

Kashrut Themes: Contemporary Concerns

Modern Jews balance their secular knowledge and Jewish commitments in forging attitudes toward traditional dietary laws.

Why Keep Kosher: Traditional Views

Reasoning from Maimonides, Nahmanides, and the kabbalists.