Bringing Holiness to Your Diet With the Judaic Orthodox Dietary Guidelines
Judaic is the traditional Jewish religious tradition, which includes Jewish religious history and customs, theologies, ceremonial practices, laws and observances, creeds, poems, documents, and the pilgrimage to the various holy sites. The word Judaic comes from the Hebrew term “Jud” meaning “God is salvation”. It is also the source of the names of some of the elements of Judaic culture and history, such as “judah”, “judahites”, “judah,’ “jiurah,” “settlemah,” “metzitzat Israel,” “Torat kaddish,” and “ruach.” The term Judaic also informs the meaning of the letters in the Jewish religion: Kaddish (or Seal of Solomon), Shavuot (or Shield of Jerusalem), Tov (or Crown) andruach (or Sign of the Star).
In contrast to other religions and belief systems of the world, Judaic believers believe that there is a connection between a creator God and the entire creation. They also believe that Adam was created first and then Eve was the second person in the Creation story. According to rabbis and parshat, Jews believe that when we eat meat, animals, or fruits we are making direct contact with God. When we eat dairy products, we are indirectly contacting angels who may be listening to and influencing our choices in eating and our lives in general; therefore, it is said that eating judaism will bring holiness to us.
In modern times, contemporary Judaic thinkers have included a strong dose of vegetarianism, abstention from pork, shellfish, blood, incense, prayer, meditation, studying the Torah, and learning Jewish history and the customs associated with the commandments of God. However, according to the halakha, eating any form of animal or plant is prohibited. The mitzvot ( commandments) of the commandments of the Torah prohibit Jews from eating any of these things. This has led contemporary Judaic thinkers to seek to expand the laws of kaddish (the Jewish reading of the Torah), so that the mitzvot could be expanded to include vegetarian foods.