Something Fishy About Anisakis?

The current halachic rage – the status of fish known to host worms – presents two layers of fascination to me. From the very beginning, I recognized that how you generally understand the intersection between Chazal and science should determine how you approach Chulin 67B in light of scientific findings about the life cycle of the anisakis parasite. I thought that it would produce a rematch of the sides that squared off against each other regarding Rabbi Slifkin’s books. It didn’t. People weighed in on the fish in ways that seemed completely inconsistent with their expressed views on Chazal and science. (In many cases, this was because they simply had not gone through the gemara in any great depth.)


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