What is Kosher
The word "kosher" is derived from the Hebrew root "kashér" meaning pure, suitable or fit for consumption.
The laws that form the basis of the kosher diet are collectively called kashrut and are found in the Jewish scriptures, the Torah. Instructions for the practical application of these laws are passed down from oral tradition.
Kosher dietary guidelines are comprehensive and provide not only outlining what foods are allowed or prohibited, but also specifying how permitted foods must be produced, processed and prepared before consumption.