Thursday, May 22, 2014

Fish for Shabbos?


"Today there are also those who are careful to have fish in every Shabbat meal; this has a hidden reason."

(Rabbi Yechiel Michel Epstein, Aruch haShulchan Orach Chaim 242:43)

Is Rabbi Epstein referring to the way fish procreate prolifically? Or to their immunity to the ayin hara of others' jealousy? I suspect not, since both of those are well-documented in Jewish tradition. I don't know what the secret here could be.

Have a great day,


  1. As I understand it there are a number of reasons for this practice such as
    1. Fish, man, and Shabbat are each given a blessing during creation so eating fish on Shabbat is seen as bringing those blessings all together.
    2. Tzadikim are said to be reincarnated as fish, eating fish on Shabbat helps them reach a high level of tikkun

    other reasons -

  2. Indeed, there are many reasons, and perhaps #2 is the one the Aruch HaShulchan means when he says it's "secret".