Tradition Jewish Beliefs about diet regarding their religion.
The well-known Jewish religious practice is eating food that is “kosher”. The word “kosher” means ‘good’ or ‘proper’. The Hebrew word for non-kosher is trayf; it’s derived from the word terayfa, meaning ‘torn’. A popular example of trayf food is pork. Jewish people deeply respects the Jewish Dietary Laws and these laws offers health advantages. The laws of kashrut (Jewish dietary laws) meaning ‘fitness’ for ritual use have a great meaning for Jewish people throughout their history.
Jewish people who eat only kosher food and respects the laws of kashrut, is an opportunity for obedience to God and preserving Jewish unity and identity. The importance of the laws of kashrut to the Jewish people has been demonstrated in times of persecution. This can relate to Daniel in the bible. For example, Daniel obeys God and he stands up for what he believes in. Therefore, consuming kosher food is one of the ways of acknowledging and being obedient to God.
Fruits, vegetables and grains are acceptable, in the Jewish dietary laws – to support this fact, the Holy Bible stated, Genesis 1:29, ‘Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.”’ However, with an exception of grape products, due to laws against consuming anything offered to idols and that wine was made for pagan offerings and celebrations; all wine and grape juice that is not produced under Jewish supervision is prohibited. This has a relation with Daniel in the bible. Such as, Daniel refused King Nebuchadnezzar’s royal food and wine – Daniel 1:8, ‘But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.’ In addition, Daniel requested for vegetables and water – Daniel 1:12, ‘“Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing...