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Dietary laws, Jewish
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Jewish religious law (Halakha; Judaic law) makes a distinction between foods which are permitted (Hebr. kasher, i.e. “ritually acceptable”, hence “kosher”), and foods which are not permitted. The extremely complex stipulations of Jewish dietary laws (kashrut) can in the main be derived from three fundamental biblical principles: (1) prohibition of consumption of certain (so-called unclean) animals or foodstuffs produced from them (e.g. milk, eggs); (2) prohi…

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Schostak, Désirée, “Dietary laws, Jewish”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027767>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626



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