What is the meaning behind Jewish food preparation customs?

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In the Jewish faith, food preparation is performed according to laws and customs, called "Kashrut," passed down since Biblical times. In Jewish tradition, these laws have no explicit meaning; they are of a class of law called "Chuk," which defines laws that are accepted on faith. Many scholars have tried to interpret meaning for kashrut laws. For example, some believe they were created by God to separate the Hebrew people from other tribes; others believe that the laws allow a higher spiritual standard because...

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