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Comparing Halal and Kosher Foods

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Our mission is to create exceptional dining experiences that delight the senses, inspire minds, and foster community. Fostering community means many things, including understanding and teaching about different eating patterns.

In this three-part series, we explore halal and kosher dietary laws. While many people associate the two because they are both used by religious groups and forbid consuming pork, there are key differences that are explained in this post. In future posts, we’ll take a closer look at halal and kosher foods, respectively.

Land animalsMust have cloven hooves and chew cudMust survive on grass and leaves
BirdsListed in Torah (basically no predatory species)No predatory species
SeafoodMust have fins and scalesNo predatory species
Ritual slaughter requiredYesYes
Who can perform slaughterShochet (a trained Jew)“People of the Book” (Muslims, Christians, Jews)
Entire animal can be usedNoYes
Milk & meat combinedNo (Parve foods have neither milk nor meat and can be eaten anytime).Yes
AlcoholYes (Wine must be handled by an observant Jew or flash-pasteurized – mevushal wine).No (Islam prohibits all intoxicating alcohols, liquors, wine and drugs).

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