כשרות - Kashrut
Beer Sheva is the largest city in the Negev desert of southern Israel. Often referred to as the "Capital of the Negev", it is the seventh-largest city in Israel with a population of 187,200.
Beersheba is mentioned in the Book of Genesis in connection with Abraham the Patriarch and his pact with Abimelech. Isaac built an altar in Beersheba (Genesis 26:23–33). Jacob had his dream about a stairway to heaven after leaving Beersheba. (Genesis 28:10–15 and 46:1–7).
Beer Sheva's culinary offer is spectacular and reflects the cultural backgrounds of the inhabitants of this multi-ethnic city. There are Chinese, Italian, French, Ethiopian, Argentinean, Brazilian, Indian, Bulgarian, Moroccan, Yemenite, Russian, Japanese, Spanish and many Middle Eastern restaurants in town.
Not all of the restaurants are kosher in Beer Sheva but many are. Whereas in America you have to work hard to find a kosher restaurant in Beer Sheva, like other cities in Israel, there are plenty.
Keeping the laws of kashrut is one of the most important things a Jewish person can do. The Hebrew word ‘kasher’ means ‘fit or proper’. It means that a food or drink is permitted and acceptable by Jewish law.
Laws about foods are so important that one of the first commandments ever given to human beings concerned food: Adam and Eve were told not to eat the fruit of the Tree of Life.
Some rabbis say that by keeping kosher from an early age, children learn discipline, being able to tell what is allowed and what is not. Other rabbis believe that keeping kosher is good for the soul, just as eating a healthy diet is good for the body.
So now it’s your turn.
If you already keep kosher...good for you! Keep it up!
If you don’t keep kosher here are some steps to try this month:
Try avoiding foods that are forbidden in the Torah like pork and shellfish.
Try not mixing meat and milk (that means no cheeseburgers.)
When you eat out, try and avoid eating meat that isn’t prepared according to the laws of kashrut.
Try not bringing non-kosher food into your home.
Need some more ideas? Ask Rabbi David