Jewish or Muslim dietary laws

1. Pick either Jewish or Muslim dietary laws and explain which foods are forbidden, which foods are most admired and which have special meanings for a life transition, like a wedding, funeral, etc. Explain the meaning of these do’s and don’ts from the perspective of the tradition you chose. References from your texts or another peer-reviewed or high-quality source required.
2. Examine fasting in a religious tradition. What are the meanings of the different fasts from the perspective of the tradition? What challenges does this fasting give to practitioners of this food-restriction? Have you ever fasted for a day or more? Do you, or have you in the past, followed specific cultural or faith-based dietary laws? How did you experience that?
3. Hindu sacred texts consider the cow a sacred animal and Indian laws protect these animals from harm in nearly all circumstances. Respect and protection for cattle has become a widely-promoted and deeply-felt cultural value in Hindu society. Anthropologists and sociologists theorize several practical reasons for why this prohibition might have started. Outline these theories and evaluate them, including specific examples.

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