The ongoing controversy regarding the Halachic Shaila of “worms in fish” continues. Two weeks ago, YWN posted an article by Rabbi Mordechai Kuber explaining why it is Mutar to eat the fish with worms. Yesterday, YWN posted an article by Rabbi Chaim Scher, an expert in the field who refuted Rabbi Kuber’s article. Today we present a (final) response by Rabbi Kuber:
I thank Rabbi Scher for his extensive comments about my article. He is both articulate and very passionate about this topic. Substantive debate is most essential in arriving at the truth, especially when discussing such an involved and relevant topic, and I welcome all such deliberation.
I will be sending Rabbi Scher a private response to his rebuttal. I feel that a public response is inappropriate, for it will only further confuse an already confused readership. I am also afraid that my public response would engender a public rebuttal in kind, and this most important discussion could devolve into an endless cycle of rebuttals and responses, which would neither clarify nor glorify the topic or the Torah.
Chazal teach that Torah is best discussed in the Beis Hamedrash, and not in other venues. I value the sophistication and interest of this site’s readers, and I realize that the intellectually inquisitive will be disappointed that I am not sharing my response with them. I also realize that there are some who will wonder whether my response will adequately address the points that Rabbi Scher has raised. I apologize to both groups. But in order to increase HaShem’s glory, I must refrain. By necessity, I will leave the reader to decide between my article, by which I still stand, and its rebuttal. And in the same manner as I received reward for sharing my thoughts, may I receive reward for withholding them.
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