Ask the Rabbi - Customs and Practices

Eating Fish

Q: Should we stop eating fish because of the cruel way they are often killed?

Q: The Torah prohibits making an animal suffer. In fishing, especially commercial production, the fish are usually dumped to the bottom of the hold of a ship, where they are left to suffocate and die, or they are frozen while they are still alive. What should we do? Should we stop eating fish? When we buy fish in a store we have no way to tell how they were killed.

A: We are permitted to eat fish, since they do not have a significant form of life.

Rabbi Oury Cherki

Rav Oury Cherki was born in Algeria in 1959 and grew up in France, and he made Aliyah in 1972. He studied at Merkaz Harav Yeshiva, which was founded by Rav Avraham Yitzchak Kook. He performed his military service in the artillery branch of the IDF. He studied with Rav Tzvi Yehuda Kook, Rav Yehuda Leon Ashkenazi (Manitou), Rav Shlomo Binyamin and Achlag. Rav Cherki heads the Israeli department of Machon Meir, and he is the Director of Brit Olam - the Noahide World Center. He teaches in many places throughout Israel. Rav Cherki is the spiritual leader of the "Beth Yehuda" community in Kiryat Moshe (Jerusalem). He has written many books on Jewish thought and philosophy.

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