When I began my conversion to Judaism one of the first things the rabbi had me do was to eat Kosher. He said it was not necessary but he wanted me to give it a try and see what I thought. At first I had to read every label and think about everything I ate. Over time however eating Kosher became an everyday norm.
Why do Jews eat Kosher?
Jews follow the dietary laws described in the Torah. The laws of Kashrut are mentioned three times in the Torah, making them important. The Torah states which foods are permitted and which are not. The rabbis interpret the phrase, “A kid shall not be boiled in its mother’s milk,” as meat and dairy should not be eaten together.
Is There an Easy Way to Keep Kosher?
An easy way to begin eating kosher is to follow a vegan diet. Vegan diets exclude meat and dairy, therefor making it easier to follow without having to think too much about it. One does have to think about what things are cooked with and cooked on when eating out if planning to follow a kosher diet. For example grills that vegetables are cooked on may also be used to cook meat or prohibited items. Cooking meals at home guarantees you know where your food is cooked and what it is cooked with. Allowed items can be added if you so choose.
How Does Eating Kosher Add to my Jewish Experience?
Eating kosher for me reminds me of my beliefs every time I sit down to a meal. It is something I think about on a daily basis, not only on Shabbat. It makes me think about everything I eat. It is one of the things that makes me a Jew.
The only thing I miss since I began keeping kosher is pepperoni pizza, but that is a very small price to pay for finding where I belong.