Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Series by Rabbi Dovid Horowitz שליט׳א

Part 13 - The Laws of Kashrus

Since 1864, Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried's Kitzur Shulchan Aruch has been one of the world's most widely used Halachic guides for daily Jewish living. No work of Halachah has been reprinted so many times in so many countries. The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch is the definitive text for studying all of the basic Jewish laws that have been in regular practice for centuries.

The Hebrew word "Kosher" literally means "fit" It has come to refer more broadly to anything that is "above board" or "legit". The laws of kosher define the foods that are fit for consumption for a Jew.

Here are some of the basics of the kosher laws:

  • Certain species of animals (and their eggs and milk) are permitted for consumption, while others are forbidden—notably pork and shellfish.
  • Meat and milk are never combined. Separate utensils are used for each, and a waiting period is observed between eating them.
  • Meat must come from animals that are slaughtered in a specific (and painless) manner known as shechitah, and certain parts of the animal (including the blood) must be removed.
  • Fruits, vegetables and grains are basically always kosher, but must be insect free. Wine or grape juice, however, must be certified kosher.
  • Since even a small trace of a non-kosher substance can render a food not kosher, all processed foods and eating establishments require certification by a reliable rabbi or kashrut supervision agency.

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch - Table of Contents

Part 1 - Laws of early morning Part 1A - Laws of sacred places
Part 2 - Laws of Blessings Part 2A - Laws of Mezuzah
Part 3 - Laws of Preparing for Prayer Part 3A - The Laws of Shema
Part 3B - Laws of Shemoneh Esrei Part 3C - Seasonal Inserts in Ameda
Part 4 - The Laws of Chanukah Part 5 - Character Development
Part 6 - Prohibition of Lashon Hara, Grudge Part 6A - For The Sake Of Heaven
Part 7 - Laws of Purim Part 8 - Laws of Pesach 1
Part 9 - Laws of Pesach 2 Part 10 - Laws of Sefiras Ha'Omer
Part 11 - Laws of Danger Part 12 - Laws of Tzedakah
Part 13 - Laws of Kashrus Part 14 - The Laws of Non Jewish Bread Food Milk
Part 15 - Eating Before a Bread Meal Part 16 - The Laws of Washing Hands Before Eating Bread
Part 17 - The Laws of Breaking Bread & The Bracha of Hamotzei Part 18 - The Laws of Proper Conduct for a Meal
Part 19 - The Laws of Different Foods During the Meal Part 20 - The Laws of Mayim Achronim (The Final Waters)
Part 21 - The Laws of Kosher Foods Part 22 - The Laws Of ELUL & The High Holidays
Part 23 - The Laws Of Rosh HaShanah Part 24 - The Laws Of 10 Days of Repentance
Part 25 - The Laws Of Sukkos Part 26 - The Laws of The Wine of a Non Jew
Part 27 - The Laws of Brachos Upon Foods Made of the 5 Species of Grains Part 28 - The Laws of Brachos on Wine
Part 29 - The Laws Of Brachos On Food, Drink & Fragrances Part 30 - The Laws of After Brachos
Part 31 - The Laws of Brachos upon fruits, vegetables & other non-grain items Part 32 - The Laws of Brachos on Fruit Juices and Broths
Part 33 - The Laws of Brachos upon The Primary and Secondary Food Part 34 - The Laws of the Order of Brachos upon Fruits and Vegetables
Part 35 - What if You made the wrong Bracha? Part 36 - The Laws of making a bracha on one food and changing your mind to eat more.
Part 37 - The Laws of making a bracha on fragrance Part 38 - The Laws of making a bracha of She'Hechiyanu and Tov V'hameitiv
Part 39 - The Laws of making a blessings on things you see Part 40 - The Laws of making a blessings when Surviving Dangerous Situations
Part 41 - The Laws of Business Transactions Part 42 - The Laws of Verbal Abuse & Deceiving people
Part 43 - The Laws of Passover (Pesach) Part 44 - The Laws of counting Omer (Sefiras Ha'Omer)
Part 45 - Not Doing Business With Things That Are Prohibited Part 46 - Lending Money With Interest
Part 47 - The Laws of Vows and Oaths Part 48 - The Laws of Wayfarer's Prayer
Part 49 - The Nighttime Routine Part 50 - The Laws of Shabbat - Part 1
Part 51 - The Laws of Shabbat - Part 2, A Non Jew Who Does Work For A Jew On Shabbos Part 52 - The Laws of Shabbat - Part 3, Sailing on a Boat Before and On Shabbos
Part 53 - The Laws of Shabbat - Part 4, The Prayers Of Shabbos & Yom Tov Part 54 - The Laws of Shabbat - Part 5, The Laws of Kiddush & Meals on Shabbos
Part 55 - The Laws of Shabbat - Part 6, The 39 Melachos (Prohibited Activities) Part 56 - The Laws of Shabbat - Part 7, The 39 Melachos (Borer/Separating)
Part 57 - The Laws of Shabbat - Part 8, The 39 Melachos (Tochen/Grinding) Part 58 - The Laws of Shabbat - Part 9, The 39 Melachos (Prohibited Activities) Continuation
Part 59 - The Laws of Shabbat - Part 10, The 39 Melachos (Prohibited activated) continuation
The Laws of Kashrus
#230. Tevilas Keilim - The Obligation to Immerse Vessels in the Mikveh.

#231. Which Materials Require Tevilah (Immersion in the Mikveh).

#232. Vessels Made and Fixed by a Non Jew.

#233. How To Immerse Your Vessel.

#234. A Narrow Spout, Children, and Shabbos & Yom Tov.