Wednesday, March 15, 2006
The myth of Kosher Fish Lists...
Many of you are interested in new and exciting varieties of kosher fish. The truth is, there is almost nothing stopping you from buying fish (so long as you know how to buy in a non-kosher store), anywhere and everywhere.
The problems arise when someone does not know how to check the kosher status of the fish themselves.
What is the problem exactly? Well, the first thing is that one cannot rely on fish lists. Why not? Several reasons come to mind, including the fact that there is little way of knowing whether the fish you are buying in fact is the one the seller claims it is. Another is that most fish sold without skin are forbidden (see Y.D. 83).
Checking the kosher status of fish yourself is not difficult at all. Simply locate the scale, remove it, and confirm that the skin did not rip as a result of the removal. More on the practicals of the procedure if anyone is intersted!!