Judaism-what is the use, role & meaning of preparing & taking of food? Discuss. Refer to appropriate examples from different Jewish traditions

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In Judaism, dietary laws are a function of the Torah, from the section of the Old Testament known as Leviticus, as well as from a few other sections, such as Exodus. These laws are considered to be an obligation of the Jewish faith, and they are meaningful because they are a way of carrying on a religion over 5,000 years old and a way of maintaining a distinction from other faiths.  There are many dietary laws, but I will mention those that many consider to be most central to Judaism. All of these, collectively, are referred to as being "kosher." 

First, because of a prohibition in Leviticus, that one may not "cook a kind in its mother's milk," one may not combine meat and milk products in cooking or in eating.  After a meal that includes dairy products, one must wait three or four hours before having a meal that includes meat products, and if one has a meal that includes meat products, there is a longer waiting period.  It would appear that there was some understanding, even early...

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