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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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Specifically, when first diagnosed with an irreversible, terminal disease, the person is a terefah; there is a deficiency in the person's organs that will eventually bring death.
When a person's disease is diagnosed by several doctors as incurable, the person, in the first phase of demise, is called a terefah. When applied to animals other than human beings, that term refers to an animal suffering from a fatal organic defect, such as a pierced windpipe or gullet.
That is the condition of terefah, indicating one who is critically ill, but not within 3 days of death.
The word 'kosher' itself simply means 'fit.' Naturally, the existence of a class of 'fit' foods demands a class of 'forbidden' foods, which are known as terefah. Kashrut, the Jewish dietary laws, date back to the time of Genesis and the divine revelation on Mount Sinai.
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).