Kosher and Halal

Religious Observances Affecting Dietary Intakes
      The 13 to 14 million Jews and over one billion Muslims in the world today have much in common culturally, including monotheism, roots in the Middle East, and strong traditions of hospitality and fellowship surrounding food. Both Judaism and Islam have guidelines about food preparation and diet set forth in their holy books. They also share many strictures applying to the ritual cleanliness of foods. This article provides a primer in dietary laws surrounding Kosher and Halal, two similar but not interchangeable concepts that are crucial in counseling persons of the Jewish and Muslim faiths.
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