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A Torah-observant Jew is coming to visit us. Any advice?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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It is very nice to see how considerate you are of the feelings of your guest!

Observant Jews eat only Kosher food. Most foods can be bought at your local supermarket, provided that they have a kosher symbol on the packaging. The most common kosher symbols are O-U and O-K (the symbol is a u or k inside an o).1 A plain "K" on a product is meaningless.

Kosher meat and baked goods can be gotten by a kosher butcher and bakery.

If your kitchen and dishes are not kosher, you will need to serve everything on paper or plastic, and will not be able to use your utensils or oven to process or heat the food.

Other than the kosher issue you shouldn't have any difficulties. Just don't make any plans for Friday night or Saturday that involve driving.

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  • 1. Standards vary amongst Observant Jews and not all people rely on all Kosher Symbols. Additionally, dairy products and baked goods might require additional certifications. Ideally, you should call your guest in advance and discuss this with him/her. A little communication in advance can prevent a lot of frustration later.

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Kosher
Literally means "fit." Commonly used to describe foods which are permitted by Jewish dietary laws, but is also used to describe religious articles (such as a Torah scroll or Sukkah) which meet the requirements of Jewish law.