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Keeping Kosher?

I was discussing Judaism with a friend online today and the subject turned to dietary restrictions. I realized we were both using the expression "keep kosher" to talk about it, but when I thought about it I realized I didn't know why we were using that particular phrase, which sounds very weird to me when I think about it. My Google-fu has turned up numerous other uses of the phrase, but nothing about where it comes from. Anyone have any insights?

Tagged as both English and Hebrew because for all I know the origins go back to the original Hebrew, but I'll remove the Hebrew tag if it turns out to be unconnected.
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