The requirement for gills is not part of any religious rule, but biologically it is an identifying characteristic of true fish. According to the Cook or divine decrees of the Torah and the Talmud, for a fish to be declared kosher, it must have scales and fins.
Thus, a grass carp, mirror carp, and salmon are kosher, whereas a shark, whose scales are microscopic, a sturgeon, whose acutes can not be easily removed without cutting them out of the body, and a swordfish, which loses all of its scales as an adult, are all not kosher. Although there is an opinion of Rabbi Yosef Karo of Safe (in his 16th century legal commentary, Bat Yosef) that milk and fish should not be cooked or eaten together, Karo references the Shulchan Arch (OC 173:2) which actually deals with meat, and not fish.
The Chased custom is not to eat fish together with actual milk, but to permit it where other dairy products are involved, so that adding a touch of butter or cream to the milk is sufficient to permit mixing it with fish. Thus, for example, the local dish Lassa (which includes meats such as shrimp and squid with a soup base made from shrimp paste), is deemed permissible in the Shaft'i Sunni Muslim majority nations of Indonesia and Malaysia where it is commonly consumed.
Hawaii In the Hawaii school of Sunni Muslim jurisprudence, to which the majority population of Sunni Muslims belong to, only “fish” (as opposed to all “sea game”) are permissible, including eel and hagfish. Any other sea (or water) creatures which are not fish, therefore, are also harm (forbidden), whether they breathe oxygen from water through gills (such as prawns, lobsters and crabs which are crustaceans), mollusks such as clams, octopus, mussels and squid, especially if they breathe oxygen from air through lungs (such as sea turtles and sea snakes which are reptiles, dolphins and whales which are mammals, or semi-aquatic animals like penguins which are birds, saltwater crocodiles which are reptiles, seals which are mammals, and frogs which are amphibians).
Of all the things that come from the waters, only those which have fins and scales are considered as “clean” or “Thor” by Him. Jehovah says that the things Israel eats which come from the waters must have fins and scales.
This is a picture of the “Christian Church” who believe they have a right standing before Jehovah and can do and eat what they please. Clean and Unclean Animals we saw that eating animals like swine (pig, hog, pork) and that which is made from this unclean animal (bacon, ham, lard, most sausage and pepperoni) do not conform or promote Jehovah’s image in the earth and are therefore considered unclean because they do not chew their cud and have split hooves.
Having these two characteristics is what Jehovah uses to delineate between animals which are clean and do represent His image in the earth, from those that don’t. This past Sukkot, me and about 200 other were served a white fish for dinner that turned out to be part of the catfish family which Jehovah says is an abomination and should not be eaten.
Like the four-footed animals, the behemoth of the earth, the fish that Jehovah’s people are to eat, sustain themselves from living food, and not from the bottom of the sea, lakes and rivers where the dead and the filth accumulates. The garbage cans of the waters are primarily shell-fish and other fish that dwell at their bottoms.
Are you or any of your friends new to the Hebrew roots of the faith that Noah, Abraham and Jeshua (Jesus) lived and taught? Men and women have different duties and responsibilities in Jehovah’s kingdom; and failure to understand those differences will adversely affect your life now and, in the long term, determine whether you will live eternally.
Reef groupers are eaten by larger fish like sharks, eels, and rays. Giant grouper can grow to 8 feet, and they are eaten by sharks.
In fresh, you can only find them in a few lakes none of witch in United States If you are referring to the fish known as grouper, a true vegetarian would say “No” and would not eat it.
Fish is considered flesh or meat by vegetarians and therefore off limits. Most Jewish rabbinical authorities have determined that tunas, other scored fish (bonito, mackerel, Yahoo), and flatfishes (brill, flounder, fluke, halibut, me grim, plaice, skate, sole, and turbot) are clean kosher fish.
This article will challenge that determination, arguing the case against tunas and flatfishes being classified as clean kosher fish, and will declare them UNCLEAN. ACTS 9:18 (NK JV) :Immediately there FELL FROM HIS EYES SOMETHING LIKE SCALES, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.
Tunas and other scored fish have rudimentary (undeveloped) non-overlapping scales embedded under the surface of their skin. Scale:Any of the numerous plates, made of various substances resembling enamel or dentin, COVERING THE BODIES of fishes .
Catfish (some) have acutes, which are scale-like bony plates covering most of their body that are embedded deep within their skin. Catfish and sharks have scale-like structures in their skin and are rightly regarded as unclean fish.
These Hebrews would not have inspected fish with magnifying glasses or microscopes, which didn’t exist at the time, to check for scales. Yet, a man who is primarily bald is not considered a ‘man with hair.’ Likewise, a rudimentary (undeveloped) non-overlapping scaled tuna fish, or a half-scaled flatfish, should not be considered a ‘fish with scales by definition of Scriptural terminology.
Clean, fully scaled fish, such as salmon, can also become prone to acquiring parasitic worm infections. However, parasitic infections in clean fish are typically restricted to their exposed areas: their gills.
Parasites enter and infect the gill slit areas of clean fish, but do not penetrate their scales infecting their flesh, and generally the parasites do not work their way from the gills into the body and flesh of clean fish. Tunas do not have overlapping scales covering the vast majority of their large bodies to shield them from parasitic worms and toxins that can easily penetrate their unprotected skin.
Tunas have varying unsafe levels of mercury content, something they shouldn’t have if they were a clean fish and safe for human consumption. Several studies have determined that mercury can cause health problems for adults, including an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and neurological disorders.
The dangerous mercury content in tuna is a red flag that indicates that there is something not quite kosher about this fish. Endothermic warm bloodiness is a characteristic trait that tunas share with billfish, marlins, sailfish, sharks, spearfish, swordfish, and marine mammals (dolphins, porpoises, seals, whales).
TOXICITYFish without scale shave a higher level of toxicity in their flesh than fish with scales. Tuna and mackerel fish have varying high levels of mercury content that can cause long-term health problems for adults, pregnant women, infants and children.
They swim across the Pacific Ocean during their life cycles before being caught, packaged, and sold for human consumption. Pacific blue fin tunas have been contaminated with trace amounts of radioactivity acquired from the Japanese Fukushima nuclear reactor accident of March 2011 that continues to leak radiation into the Pacific Ocean to this day .
The top, dark sides of these fish have ‘rough’ leathery-type scales that can only be removed with a knife. The bottom white side of the fish is typically very smooth and has very few scales, if any, or they are embedded under their skin and cannot be removed.
All flatfishes are compressed laterally and spend most of their life lying and swimming along the bottom of the waters on their side. As bottom feeders, flatfish eat parasites that contain worms that will often work their way through the intestines and into the flesh of these fish.
The primary reason flatfish are unclean is because they do not have free-falling, overlapping fish scales covering their bodies, but have embedded scales that can only be removed with a knife on the top side of their bodies and are smooth-bodied and scale-less on their bottom side. They position themselves on the sea floor, often camouflaged, then lie, wait, and ambush their prey as they crawl or swim by.
STEREOSCOPIC VISIONFlatfishes have two eyes on the same side of their head that are capable of independently rotating almost 360 degrees, giving these fish depth perception and an excellent field of vision. All clean birds, insects, and mammals have eyes on the opposite sides of their heads.
Unclean predator birds, insects, and mammals have stereoscopic binocular vision, or independently rotating eyes, enabling them to more easily spot and capture prey. When they swim, flatfish tend to glide about an inch (2.54 cm) above the contour of the sea floor.
LUKE 5:4-6 (NK JV) :When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon,“Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. Flatfish were not the kind of fish that Peter the fisherman, a man who never ate anything unclean, caught in his nets (Acts 10:14).
Groupers are typically infested with numerous parasites, including restores, cope pods, Diogenes, isopods, monogeneans, and nematodes . Grouper and orange roughly fish have high levels of mercury and should not be consumed for these reasons.
Codfish have smooth, non-overlapping, scarcely visible, oily scales and a well-developed chin barbell on their lower jaw. Haddock fish have scales that are scarcely visible through the mucus with which their skin is coated.
Codfish and haddock are bottom-feeders plagued with parasitic cod worm infestations throughout their flesh. Though rare, there have been reported cases of ciguatera poisoning in humans after consuming groupers, snappers, and other large predatory reef species.
Symptoms reported in poisoned people include gastrointestinal problems for up to several days and a general weakness in their arms and legs . Many believers may think that they are keeping kosher by avoiding pork and shellfish, while not realizing that many fish meals sold in fast food restaurants are some kind of unclean flatfish (in fish and chips) or tuna.
Kosher-conscious believers need to put flatfish and tuna on their list of unclean creatures not to be eaten. They should not be considered infallible on the topic of kosher certification or determining clean and unclean creatures.
Rabbinical kosher-certifying authorities err in classifying tunas and flatfish as scaled clean fish in these two ways: They classify flatfishes that are scaled on their topside and scale-less on their bottom side as clean and kosher.
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