In the Jewish religion, what sort of religious rituals are associated with the preparation of food?

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Food laws in the Jewish religion are called Kashrut, and determine a set of standards for food content and preparation; acceptable food is "Kosher." A common misconception is that a Jewish Rabbi may "bless" any food item and make it kosher; in reality, the food must be prepared properly and a non-kosher item, such as pork, can never become kosher under any circumstances.

The most important of all kashrut laws is the prohibition against eating meat and milk together. This extends back to Biblical times, and is the foundation of almost all other kashrut laws. To keep this law, most Jewish households have separate dishes for meat and milk products, and some have two sinks or two stoves. This custom is seen in all Kosher...

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