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also kash·ruth  (käsh′rəth, -rəs, käsh-ro͞ot′)
1. The state of being kosher.
2. The body of Jewish dietary law.

[Mishnaic Hebrew kašrût, from kāšēr, fitting; see kosher.]
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Many Orthodox Jews who came to the United States around the time of World War II "didn't really want to be here--they saw it as the treife medinah [unkosher state]," says Williams.
Some Jews saw American culture simply as treife (3) and resisted any aspect of assimilation; others, who either already had or did abandon their formal faith, assimilated wholeheartedly; yet the majority struggled to come to terms with what it meant to be a Jew living as an American and an American living as a Jew.