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Parshat Shemini
In order to render a fish kosher, the scales must be visible to the naked eye and they must be easy to remove from the skin of the fish. If the scales can be only be removed after soaking the fish in scalding water, there are differing views as to whether...
What does an authentic experience mean to you? What parts of your life are “plastic simulations”?
You go about your life. Eating algae. Hanging out in your school. Running away from sharks. The usual. Your fins start to get tired, though. Your tiny little fish brain feels like it has potential for so much more.
As I gaze at them, I wonder about their perceptions of their home: Do our fish realize that this twenty gallon tank is just a tiny miniature replica of their authentic home, in some faraway lake or sea?
Is Lox and Cream Cheese Kosher?
Believe it or not, there is indeed discussion whether this innocuous-seeming staple of Sunday morning post-prayer brunches is ok for consumption under the kosher dietary laws. Now, there is nothing inherently un-kosher in either lox or cream cheese (as lo...
Question: Is fresh-water eel kosher? I know that the eel is really a fish, with very small scales and elongated fins, so shouldn't this popular sushi fish be kosher? Answer: Eel are not kosher, though they seemingly have both signs that demarcate kosher f...
Plus: A Classic From-Scratch Gefilte Fish Recipe
Gefilte fish ("stuffed fish" in Yiddish) is a dish traditionally enjoyed by Ashkenazi Jews on Shabbat and Jewish holidays. It contains ground fish that has been cooked (or baked) with other ingredients such as eggs, spices, and ground onions and carrots.
Eleven Answers to One Question
The prophet Isaiah (58:13) tells us, “And you will proclaim the Sabbath a ‘delight,’ and the holy [day] of G‑d, ‘honored.’ ” Noting that this verse requires us to both delight in Shabbat and honor it, our rabbis explain that one honors Shabbat by wearing ...
"This you may eat from everything that is in the water, everything that has fins and scales... those you may eat" (Leviticus 11:9). The Talmud (Niddah 51b) says that a fish that has scales also has fins and there is no need to examine for them. However, t...
When Jono wins a real live whale in a magazine subscription sweepstakes, Rabbi Kadoozy turns to attorney Larry Goldstien for help
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