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Dietary Laws

Devoted Jews try to follow kosher law, which dictates that food cannot be eaten unless it contains certain body parts, the blood has been drained, fruits and vegetables are inspected for bugs, meat is not paired with dairy, and grapes are made by Jews. There are many speculations as to why these laws exist, but two of the most popular theories include healthiness, and being able to distinguish between right and wrong. There are many holidays in Judaism that have dietary restrictions. During Yom Kippur, people fast the entire day unless it is truly harmful for them. During Passover, no form of bread but matzah (picture below) is allowed. During Chabbat, delicious foods are often eaten, including challah (picture bellow). Only a portion of jews observe the kosher laws in a strict manner, but many Jews participate during the three main holidays. The reason for this is simply because some Jews are not willing to give up certain foods, and are not willing to buy only kosher foods (which are often much more expensive).

Dinner Menu

1. Challah - Buttery, delicious bread
2. Bagels - Often topped of with other ingredients, this form of bread has been in Jewish cuisine for over 400 years
3. Matzah ball soup - Soup made from matzah
4. Knishes - flour and potato dumpling
5. Blintzes - form of Jewish crepes
6. Latkes - potato pancakes served often on Chanukah
7. Holishkes - stuffed cabbage