THE MAGGID OF MELBOURNE: Hassidic herring

The link between fish and hassidism has deepened in recent years. A venture hatched in 2014 has grown into a company called The Rebbe’s Choice which offers various types and flavors of herring.

By LEVI COOPER
April 4, 2019 18:30
THE MAGGID OF MELBOURNE: Hassidic herring

Herring (illustrative) . (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

 
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Twice in his famous hassidic work Bnei Yissaschar, the great hassidic master Rabbi Zvi Elimelech Shapira of Dynow (1783-1841) related to the spiritual valence of eating fish on Shabbat.

He noted that in the Genesis account there are three creations that God blessed. On the fifth day of Creation, the Almighty blessed the fish of the sea: “And God blessed them, saying: Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth” (Genesis 1:22). On the sixth day, God blessed humans: “And God blessed them; and God said unto them: Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that creepeth upon the earth” (ibid. 1:28). And then on the following day, the Almighty blessed Sabbath: “And God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because in it He rested from all His work which God in creating had made” (ibid. 2:3).

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