Eating Fish on Rosh Hashanah


Some [are accustomed to] eat fish on Rosh Hashanah to signify that we should multiply like fish. The fish is not to be cooked in vinegar.


[1] Admur 583:2; Abudarham; M”A 583

Other Opinions: The Rashbatz writes against eating fish on the night of Rosh Hashanah as the word “Dag” can also mean worry and one is thus to avoid eating a food that can have negative connotation. [Birkeiy Yosef 583:5; Machazik Bracha 583:3; Kaf Hachaim 583:9; See Ruach Chaim 583:5] Nevertheless if Rosh Hashanah falls on Shabbos one is not to refrain from eating fish even according to this opinion. [Ruach Chaim ibid; Kaf Hachaim ibid] The Rashal writes that he received from his grandfather that he refrained from eating fish on R”H in order to diminish his physical pleasure in a specific matter and remember the day of judgment. This would prevent him from coming to light headed behavior. [brought in Bach 591; M”A 591]

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