Let My People’s Fish Go!

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4 Responses

  1. I would think the true state issue is the fate of lox if the latest proposed ban by Rabbi Karp comes to pass. I say “Keep the Salmon Free.” Politically it has the advantage of spanning multiple constituencies from sushi eaters to lox fressers.

  2. Nachshon ben Aminadav says:

    Carpe diem.

  3. Yehoshua Friedman says:

    I detect that Hilary is trying to make Israel look like the bad guy with the 120% tax on the fish. That will play well with the liberal Jewish constituency which supported her in the past in NY and in the presidential primaries. Can anyone get the facts on this? If Obama decides not to run in ’12 she will be an important front-runner.

  4. Contarian says:

    Lucky for Mrs. Clinton and the Seantor from Illinois it was Asian Carp and not wild salmon. Otherwise, the U.S would have to take on Rabbi Karp (no relation) who has forbidden the fish due to his dicovery of worms which were known to everyone else since the times of the gemorah which specifically declared them kosher.

    [YA: Actually – no. The gemara deals with worms that develop specifically in the flesh of the fish. That happens to be true regarding carp (this time, no pun intended); this is why the old and significant literature about gefilte fish does not directly apply. The anisakis worm is found in the gut of the fish, as well as (sometimes) in the flesh. This worm makes its way into the fish from the outside. It is a different question. I haven’t decided whether to write about this yet. I usually don’t do halacha on CC]

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