The distinction between milk and meat is one of the key principles of Judaism, as it represents the separation between life (milk) and death (meat). This involves a clear segregation of the two, even down to washing-up materials.
For all practising Jews, meals hold an important place in religious life. They must be prepared in accordance with a strict dietary code: kashrut. Considered as one of the main foundations of Jewish thinking and culture, it constitutes all the criteria which separate authorised food from forbidden food, and the laws to follow to make food suitable for consumption. Food which satisfies these laws is said to be ‘kosher’, meaning fit for consumption.