Notes for Religious Studies 369:

Introduction to Judaism

Jewish Dietary Laws

Reasons for Dietary Laws:

Definition of permissible species

Additional Factors in the Preparation of Meat (including Fowl)

Ritual Slaughter [Shehitah]

We may not eat animals that died of natural causes (Deut. 14:21) or that were killed by other animals. In addition, the animal must have no disease or flaws in the organs at the time of slaughter. These restrictions do not apply to fish; only to the flocks and herds (Num. 11:22).

Inspection of Animal's Health

Removal of blood

Removal of the Sciatic Nerve

Separation of Milk and Meat


Some Modern Developments in Jewish Dietary Laws