Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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 Rofeh.. 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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