What is the Religious Basis for Kosher?
Religious laws and rituals, unlike their secular and civil counterparts, tend to be deeply rooted in the spirituality of man. Kashruth, the Jewish dietary laws, are no different. Their aim is to enable man’s refined elements to transcend through the elevation of the foods eaten.
Eating is amongst man’s greatest physical desires. Placing restrictions on man’s dietary intake enables him to overcome basic instincts. Having these restrictions deeply rooted in spirituality enables man to elevate his existence to realms otherwise non-attainable. Although minor infractions of civil law may be tolerated to some extent within our society, infractions, even seemingly minor ones, cannot be tolerated within a serious religious setting.
The kosher food laws, as do most Jewish religious laws, have their basis in the Five Books of Moses during and after the revelation at Mt. Sinai. The basic laws have remained unchanged for over three thousand years. Adaptation to cultural changes has always remained within the strict confines and spirit of the original mandates. Advances in technology have definitely played their part in modern food processing. Although new methodologies are introduced in food processing, their relation to kashruth is strictly governed by the same unchanging principles, as have all progression and changes.
In this website, we attempt to outline a basic knowledge of contemporary kosher food processing. It is however only basic. A full working knowledge of kashruth procedure and regulations can only be achieved through adequate experience and guidance.
Synagogue Reading of Five Books of Moses in Original Scroll Form
Five Books of Moses in Book form