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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...
“Gefilte fish” is fish prepared in a certain manner, a dish traditionally enjoyed by Ashkenazi Jews on Shabbat and Jewish holidays. Before discussing gefilte fish, let’s first take a moment to discuss why it is customary to eat fish on Shabbat. Here are a...
Shmuel At times one does something so often that he stops thinking why he is doing it. I am glad to pause for a moment to understand this staple of our Friday night meal. The prophet Isaiah (58:13) tells us "and you will proclaim the Sabbath 'delight,' an...
"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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