Judaism: Understanding and Connecting with the Jewish Faith
The communities and resources of the Internet are perfect for learning about Judaism, and bringing members of the Jewish faith closer together. This guide will teach you about the oldest of the Abrahamic religions, including sacred Jewish texts, Jewish law, and Jewish holidays. There are also resources for helping Jews practice their religion, and tools for learning about Hebrew, Yiddish and other Jewish languages. It is often difficult to find kosher food and wine, but this guide will make that task easier. With the Internet, Jewish news, Judaica products, Jewish blogs and dating sites are also at your fingertips.
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The word kosher has crept into the English language retaining most of its original meaning of "proper." It is used by Jews to describe food that satisfies codified rules of eating and cooking known as kashrut, but kashrut remains an enigma to many non-Jews, and finding kosher groceries and restaurants remains a challenge to many Jews. Use the sites below to educate yourself on kosher food and wine ... and feed yourself.
- There are number of different kosher certifying agencies, some considered stricter than others. If you're shopping for Jewish friends or relatives, make sure to find out what their kosher standards are beforehand.
- This article from United Jewish Communities explains the history of keeping kosher as well as how the kosher tradition has developed over the years.
- If you can't find what you're looking for from the sites below, a quick search might yield a local database or list of kosher restaurants and stores for your city or town. For example, this list organizes kosher restaurants in New York geographically.
For information about kosher food and kashrut ...
's thorough guide to kosher food is divided into easy sections such as "Why Observe?", "How Difficult?", "General Rules," and "Kashrut Certification." The site also provides a number of useful links to other kashrut-related sites.
The Orthodox Union
's cleanly designed site gives a detailed explanation about kosher products, answering the questions about what the term means, what the deeper meaning of the law behind being kosher is, and what exactly a kosher label signifies. Navigate through the left sidebar for an explanation of kosher, or click on "Kosher for Consumers" for more information on buying and eating kosher. If you have further questions, you can use the OU's "Ask a Kosher Question" feature to get answers.
is a valuable resource for anyone trying to navigate the modern world while staying kosher. With lists of kosher products, restaurants, and symbols, as well as articles on kosher issues such as travel, recipes, and a link to ask a rabbi your own kosher question, this site serves as a kosher database for the consumer.
provides explanations on just about every aspect of kashrut through articles, questions and answers, and informative guides. This kosher certification organization's site also has a section for businesses seeking to be certified.
To find kosher food ...
's kosher restaurant database lists thousands of restaurants around the world. Search by metropolitan area, restaurant name, or category to find helpful information including hours of operation, type of cuisine, and the all-important comments from patrons.
's kosher message board is an open forum to ask and answer questions about what, where, and how to find and make great kosher food.
lets you browse and search to order from a large inventory of OU kosher-certified products, so you can stay healthy and fit no matter what your kosher standards are.
Kosher Sports, Inc.
operates kosher concession stands in a number of professional sports stadiums and centers. Here is a list of the locations.
For kosher wine ...
Nextbook's Sara Ivry
takes an informative and humorous look into the history of kosher wine and just what exactly makes it kosher.
Gems In Israel
brings you this short article to clearly explain what makes a wine kosher, and just what mevushal actually is. Click through the left sidebar to read its other interesting features on the history and regions of Israeli wine.
allows you to search its large catalog of kosher wines according to color, varietal, region, producer, and mevushal status. This easy-to-use site provides user reviews for their reasonably priced wines, and even has a wine club option if you want an easy, no-hassle way to get acquainted with kosher wines.
's kosher wine club chooses a variety of wines to ship to you regularly, using your own ratings and reviews to tailor the selection to your taste.
The Kosher Wine Society
offers educational events, workshops, discounts, and a service to help you build and stock your own custom wine cellar. This organization, founded in 2005, is young and growing with the kosher wine industry.
The Kosher Wine Guy
's color-coded reviews help you find an outstanding kosher wine with minimal searching. This reviewer's down-to-earth opinions on wine, tasted with food in real-life settings, make this site approachable and easy to use.
and its sister site, Kosherfest, bring together the kosher business community. On this site you can subscribe to its weekly kosher business newsletter, and get information about the annual kosher food and beverage convention it holds.
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