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Adj.1.terefah - not conforming to dietary laws
Judaism - the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud
unclean, impure - having a physical or moral blemish so as to make impure according to dietary or ceremonial laws; "unclean meat"; "and the swine...is unclean to you"-Leviticus 11:3
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When a person's disease is diagnosed by several doctors as incurable, the person, in the first phase of demise, is called a terefah.
The terefah is, like the goses, ill from a "fatal organic disease, incurable by human agency," according to the modern teaching of Rabbi Moses Feinstein.
Naturally, the existence of a class of 'fit' foods demands a class of 'forbidden' foods, which are known as terefah.
In part this is because Talmudic law may draw a distinction between an act hastening the death of one in goses (terminally ill) and an act directed to one who is terefah (terminally ill due to irreparable organ damage).
2) Such an individual--known as a terefah in Hebrew--is defined by Maimonides as follows: "It is known for certain that he has a fatal organic disease and physicians say that his disease is incurable by human agency" (Laws OF Homicide 2:8).