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Piscatorial Compassion


"Fish is meat," announces Danny, my 9-year-old vegetarian son. "Fish is fish," responds Larry, my 50-something pescetarian husband. Judaism backs up Larry, classifying fish as pareve, neither dairy nor meat, and telling us that fish first appeared almost 6,000 years ago, on the fifth day of creation, when God commanded, "Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures" (Genesis 1:20). God later elaborated, "anything in water, whether in the seas or in the streams, that has fins and scales -- these you may eat" (Leviticus 11:9).

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