April 18, 2020 - 24 Nisan 5780
Parashat Shemini
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Rabbi Shalom Rosner
Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh
In Parashat Shemini we read about the kosher and non-kosher animals. We have the fish, we have the birds, we have the animals. The Mishna tell us in Massechet Nidah that there are two kosher signs for a fish: fins and scales. But the Mishna tells us, כל שיש בו קשקשת יש לו סנפיר , if there are scales then there are fins – if there are scales, then you know the fins are there.  ויש בו סנפיר ואין לו קשקשת , but there might be fins without scales. 

The Gemara asks, if scales always means fins, but fins doesn’t always mean scales, then why isn’t there just one sign for a fish because if there are scales, then you know there are also fins?!

The Gemara answers cryptically, להגדיל תורה ולהאדיר , for the greatness of Torah. What does that mean?



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