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Will a Jewish person be religiously punished for consuming food that is non-kosher if they did not know it wasn’t kosher?

So this is a personal situation that has weighed on me for years now and I’d like to have a concrete answer since googling for answers didn’t really help. I would like to preface this by saying I take full responsibility for my own ignorance in this situation and want to know if there are steps I can take to remedy the damage I’ve done, as I do not want an innocent person to suffer for a mistake that I made.

In my freshman year of high school I gave a few staff members of my school holiday cookies including a teacher of mine that is religiously Jewish. These cookies included store bought butter and in the subsequent years since I’d given them that cookie, I realized I hadn’t checked to see if the butter I used was kosher. I’ve forgotten what specific butter I used, but it was most likely Kerigold, and when I searched up if it was kosher or not the results were very mixed. I also saw mixed opinions from Jewish people on review forums on whether or not this type of butter was alright to consume.

My question is, if this teacher ate this butter but didn’t know if it was kosher or not, would they still be religiously punished for eating it? I am not Jewish, so I don’t want to form any justifications or excuses for myself when I am unfamiliar with religious and cultural practices. While it was never my intention to disrespect their religion or culture, the possibility that I might have and that they could potentially suffer because of it is distressing enough that the uncertainty has stayed with me for over 5 years. I am no longer in contact with this teacher as I have graduated and live in a different part of the country, I think I just want a definitive answer, and to know if there was anything I could do to make it right despite the circumstances or if it would be best to move on from this situation. If there is any other information I can provide to clarify I’m glad to do so.

I’m aware that this post most likely comes off as ignorant and paranoid, and I apologize for any misuse of terminology or incorrect assumptions. If nothing else, I would like to use this as an opportunity to educate myself on the practices of Judaism.

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