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Why is Kosher important to Jewish people? It is not necessarily healthy food from what I can see.

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possible dupe judaism.stackexchange.com/q/16041/759 – Double AA Sep 30 '12 at 15:34
Why the downvote? Just mark as a dupe. Thanks for the links. – dongle26 Sep 30 '12 at 15:35
I didn't downvote. – Double AA Sep 30 '12 at 15:37
@DoubleAA Don't think so. That one asks if it's healthy, while this one is almost a continuation of that one. I.e., if it's not about health, why is it important? – HodofHod Sep 30 '12 at 17:51
up vote 7 down vote accepted

Since I don't believe the question as stated is a dupe:

The laws of Kosher fall into a category of commandments called "chukim". That is, that G-d gave them to us without explaining or giving a reason for them. Through the ages, certain sages wrote many pages giving possible rational explanations, but ultimately, we do not know the reason that G-d gave us this commandment (or any of the commandments in this category).

So in short, the reason Kosher is important to the Jewish People? Because G-d said so.

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