Monday, March 28, 2016

Shtinkus Marinus-Reposted From Last Year

The Madanei Yom Tov*1  (Chulin 66b Rosh # 67 sk 5 ) writes, when he was Rov in Vienna,
R.Ahron Rofeh (Doctor) showed him a poisonous fish, caught off the Spanish Sea, called
“ Shtinkus Marinus”*2.  The fish has scales but no fins, instead of fins it has legs.

Chazal say (Mishna Niddah 51b) all fish with scales have fins.  R.Ahron R. Asked “ Do
we consider the legs as fins and therefore it is Kosher? If it is kosher, then the question is why would Hashem create  a Kosher poisonous fish?  If on the other hand the legs are not considered fins, then how do you reconcile  Chazal that all fish with scales must have fins.

*1 Also known as the Tosfos Yom Tov (R. Yom Tov Lipman Heller Wallerstein)

*2 In the Torah it says כל  אשר במים seems to indicate all sea animals with fins & scales are kosher.

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