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Topic: Eating Fish & Meat Together

Noodnick9@aol.com wrote:

I've had gefilte fish at orthodox homes, where the fish plate and silverware was removed before the meat was served. Why must the meat and fish be separated?


Joseph Matetiayu Karp wrote:

Could you please explain the prohibition of eating fish and cheese together. I would like to know where this law/custom is derived from as I have been told that it is a Chassidic custom. Also, if it is a Chassidic custom and, seeing as though I'm not Chassidic, even if I have been observing this custom for many years under the impression that it was mandatory, do I still have to continue with it?


Dear Noodnick9@aol.com and Joseph Matetiayu Karp,

The Talmud prohibits eating fish and meat together, as it can be unhealthy.

As far as eating fish and cheese, the majority of halachic authorities rule that it's permitted. Therefore, you needn't continue observing this custom.

However, it's preferable that you 'annul' your acceptance of this custom. This is done by appearing before a 'beit din' of three observant Jews and saying, "I practiced this custom because I mistakenly thought it was the halacha. I wish to be exempt from this practice." They respond, three times."mutar lecha..." - "It is permitted for you..."

Teacher: Bobby, use the word 'officiate' in a sentence.
Bobby: A man got sick from officiate.
Sources:
  • Tractate Pesachim 76b
  • Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah chapter 116
  • Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 214:1
  • Shemirat Haguf v'hanefesh I:1,2