Fish; True Soul Food.

In our previous class, Pasta, Fish and Legumes, we discussed several different ways to cook fish. Not different recipes, but a variety of methods such as baking, poaching and frying.

We also discussed the requirement of fins and scales that designate a fish as kosher.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe wrote that scales “represent the quality of integrity, which protects us from the many pitfalls that life presents. A man of integrity will not deceive his customers, in spite of the financial profits involved…Integrity means that one has absolute standards of right and wrong and is committed to a morality that transcends one’s moods and desires.”

Fins represent ambition. “A healthy sense of ambition…propels us to fulfill our dreams and leave our unique imprint on the world.”

“While integrity is fundamental, ambition is also important. The Torah teaches us that it is not enough to maintain our own integrity; we must also have a positive effect on the world.”

It is also interesting to note that in the medical website,, they write; “kosher dietary laws prohibit the eating of fish without both scales and fins. Clearly their Lawgiver knew something that has taken scientists years to discover. Now we know that fish with scales and fins are equipped with a digestive system that prevents the absorption of poisons and toxins into their flesh from the waters they call home…lobster and crabs are crustaceans and are a part of the arthropod family, which include caterpillars, cockroaches and spiders.”

Definitely food for thought.

Fish is so delicious and so good for you, I wonder why I don’t serve it more often. Why not try this recipe for Braised Whitefish with Chickpeas, a lovely and simple way to enjoy a healthy, flavourful dinner.

Shabbat shalom,

Nancy Weisbrod, Director of Culinary Education, Kashruth Council of Canada

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