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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

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Not exactly what you'd expect---

And this is what you find when you do a You Tube search: Seinfeld and Herring:


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

A Good Mix: Herring and Torah

Although we haven't had a chance to sample their product yet, this herring company based in the the New York metro area has come out with some really interesting varieties such as jalapeno matjes and smokey zaatar herring. Each is inspired by a different Chassidic Rebbe and their website offers up some Torah as well. Check them out:

Why to eat fish (herring) on Shabbos

The B’nei Yissaschar, Rav Tzvi Elimelech of Dinov, taught that when HaShem created the world He only blessed three creations. First up is when God blessed the fish; “God blessed them, saying, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters of the seas…” (Breishis 1:22).
 The second blessing was bestowed upon mankind; “God blessed them (Adam and Chava). God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth!”(Breishis 1:28)
The third blessing was conferred on the worlds first Shabbos, with the words, “God blessed the seventh day and He declared it holy…” (Breishis 2:3)
So, says the B’nei Yissaschar, by you (blessing 2) eating fish (blessing 1) on Shabbos (blessing 3) you merit that all three blessings of creation are being actualized and fulfilled through you.
Furthermore, The Arizal wrote in the famous Azamer B’Shvochin sang customarily on Friday night, that fish are a delicacy on shabbos. Basing himself on this, The Baal Shem Tov would serve fish at every Shabbos meal. Especially Shalosh Seudos.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Herring Research: Surströmming

For the uninitiated, Surstromming is Swedish for "Sour Herring" . They eat a Baltic herring that is smaller than the more popular Atlantic herring. This fish is fermented for 6 months and is canned. As you will see in the videos, it is ranked as one of the world's most foul smelling foods. Also, because its  from the Baltic sea, surströmming today is said to contain higher levels of dioxins and PCBs than permitted in much of the EU. Apparently the Swedes have no idea how to properly prepare and enjoy herring. In any event, may Sweden be blessed with an abundance of surströmming !!!!  

How to eat Surströmming:

Americans Try Surströmming (The Smelliest Food In The World):

Thanks to my work colleague Jason Wind for referring the topic and the video!