Definition of kashruth in US English:


(also kashrut)


  • 1The body of Jewish religious laws concerning the suitability of food, the fitness for use of ritual objects, etc.

    • ‘Jews are bound by a set of dietary laws called kashrut, which, among other restrictions, forbid the consumption of pork and shellfish, as well as the consumption of both meat and milk products at the same meal.’
    • ‘The rules of kashrut, circumcision, covered heads, division of gender roles, etc etc - this is all fair game for mocking, just as the idols were.’
    • ‘For this reason, Jewish medical ethics is merely the application of Jewish law to medicine, just as kashrut is the application of Jewish law to food, or Jewish tort law is the application of Jewish law to monetary damages.’
    • ‘For Orthodox Jews, kashrut laws are extremely important; for Reform Jews, nothing could be further from the truth.’
    • ‘In fact, laws of kashrut are traditionally cited as yielding the most humane methods of slaughter.’
    1. 1.1 The observance of kashruth.
      • ‘Similarly, failure by some Jews to keep kashrut violated purity laws but was not sinful.’
      • ‘They now keep Shabbat and kashrut, and the children go to religious schools.’
      • ‘And yet, his position as a supervisor of kashrut did, in its cryptic way, testify to the extraordinary person that he was.’
      • ‘He ordered the Temple in Jerusalem to sacrifice to the Greek gods and forbade the practice of circumcision, kashrut, and observance of the Sabbath.’
      • ‘My parents were orthodox in practice, they kept kashrut.’


Hebrew, literally ‘legitimacy (in religion)’; see also kosher.