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Is Swordfish Kosher?

Note: Due to the post being deemed too controversial for the Kosher consumer, as well as politically charged, the original post appears to have been removed from the Jewish Press website. Interestingly, Natan Slifkin’s piece on swordfish remains. – RH…

Lag Ba’Omer – One Big (Printing) Mistake?

Every Lag Ba’Omer, thousands of Chassidim and others travel to Meron to the grave of R’ Shimon Bar Yochai to celebrate his death. The only problem is, we have never heard of someone celebrating the death of a person! The Chasam Sofer reportedly even once asked, “Since when is it that the day a tzaddik dies is a holiday?”

Apparently it’s all based on a misprint from something the Ari”ZL wrote. It was the Ari’s practice to visit R’ Shimon Bar Yochai’s grave, since it has been common practice to visit the graves of Tzaddikim for centuries. Now, when R’ Chaim Vital recorded the Ari”ZL’s writings, he kept them private.

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