Keeping Kosher on Campus
Now we know it's hardly our place to tell Jewish students that they have to keep Jewish tradition in any particular way but we also know that many Jewish students choose to use university as a time to explore aspects of Jewish culture that they didn't grow up observing. One of the most common things that Jewish students choose to change whilst they are in university is whether they keep (or do not keep for that matter) Jewish dietary laws, otherwise known as the laws of Kashrut.
If you are one of those who would like to experiment with kashrut then this WUJS Guide to being a Kosher Student should hopefully tell you everything you need to know. We also recommend that you check out the local kosher restaurants - if there are any - so you can be guaranteed of at least one kosher meal a week that you don't have to cook!
So what is keeping kosher?
Jewish mysticism teaches that non-kosher food blocks the spiritual potential of the soul. Kashrut, or "keeping kosher," originates in the Torah and is further developed in later rabbinic literature. We keep kosher because it is G-d's mandate.
Yet, it goes beyond blind acceptance of some ancient laws. It gives us an opportunity to bring holiness into our lives several times a day through the simple act of eating and connects us with Jews all over the world.