A well known Jewish practice involves eating only Kosher foods. Kosher eating involves the practice of keeping meat and dairy seperate, eating no pork, slaughtering animals in a ritualistic fashion and avoiding some food and wine that is not prepared in the traditionally Jewish fashion. While some say Kosher eating is based on outdated laws and is no longer necessary, others believe it is important in keeping with Jewish tradition and heritage, and it helps them to show obedience to God.
Jewish people have been ostrisized throughout the ages. From their treatment during ancient Egyptian times, to the holding of Jews in the concentration camps during the Nazi regime, the Jewish population has been presented with hardships and turmoil through many periods in history. During these times, kosher eating was something that many individuals held on to, as it showed their allegance to, and belief in, God and was a traditional way of maintaining their connection to their faith. There are even reports of Jewish individuals accepting death as opposed to agreeing to eat pork or follow other, non Kosher, traditions.
While some would argue that Kosher eating is no longer necessary due to current health and sanitation measures that are in place, there is no doubting that this practice remains important to many Jewish individuals. They believe these regulalations were handed down by God himself, and it is important to them to follow them in evey way. In addition, with the diminished importance that many religions are facing, this practice is one way that traditional and committed Jewish people can show their continued allegance to the faith and belief in the words behind it.
For those Jewish individuals who choose not to practice Kosher traditions in their everyday life, there is a middle ground. Reformed Jews will practice this tradition only on specific observation days, and only for a limited period of time each year. Others might practice the traditions in their own homes, but not while dining in a restaurant or visiting a friend. These methods are acceptable by some churches, and they allow for a more modern approach to an ancient tradition.