One of the first obligations imposed on mankind concerned food, prohibiting Adam and Eve from eating the fruits from the Tree of Life. Since then, Jewish people have been putting much emphasis on food self-control and, of course, WE LIKE IT!
The rules on Jewish food date back to the Bible and have been observed by Jews for over three thousands years. The Pentatheuc contains the basic principles of Kashrùt; they are defined as statutes, (i.e. rules for which no explanation understandable to our intellect is provided). However, rabbis have always been preaching that such rules are essential in the preservation of Jews' lives.
By complying with Kashrùt, children learn the concept of discipline from an early age. They understand what is allowed and what is not. Apart from such self-control exercise, rabbis
provide a more mystic explanation of Talmud: if you eat non-kosher food, spiritual ability is lowered thus "interfering communication with one's soul".
Hasidic Judaism goes even further in its interpretation: all what we eat becomes part of our blood. Since as the Bible has it "blood is soul", if we eat prohibited food, which God created as impure, it becomes part of our blood so we become impure as well.
Just like a healthy diet is good for our body, Kashrùt is good for our soul. In Jewish houses, the table is an altar and the kitchen is a tabernacle. This interpretation is very similar to our approach to food.
We came across this culture by chance in our work. This culture is so different from our and so fascinating. The Jewish approach to food has historical, cultural and religious roots, which raised our spontaneous interest and deep respect.
As we said, we came across with such culture by chance but later on we have been cultivating this interest day by day; we have been researching and learning about it. Starting from the historical perspective, we have been practising it looking for authorized suppliers (after learning how you get a real authorization) and now we are open to new recipes, new findings and new research.
What we wish to say is that we are not Jews by origin and we are perfectly aware that it will take long before we get to know everything about this culture. Yet, we became sincerely passionate about it and since then we have been trying to become more and more involved.