Why are some foods called "glatt kosher?"

The word glatt is Yiddish for "smooth." It referred originally in talmudic law to the lung of an animal. If the lung of a slaughtered animal was found to be damaged or scarred in any manner, hence not smooth, the meat of that animal was considered non-kosher. In recent times the concept has been distorted, and all types of kosher foods have been referred to as glatt. This is a misnomer since the word glatt specifically relates to animal foods.

Rabbi Ron

Back to Question Index

Problems? Contact the webmaster.