Tzaddik and the fish

 

Tzaddik and the fish

39 cm /40 cm
mixed media
text: fragment from Sefer Mat-amim, printed in Warsaw 1889.

The reasons for eating fishes on Shabbat. 1) Because in Maase Bereshit there are three blessings: for the fishes, for man and for Shabbat and “a three-ply cord is not easily severed” (Kohelet 4:12). The man (meaning – Israel) who eats fishes on Shabbat for the honour of Shabbat is blessed with a three-ply blessing. The sign for it is bin-ot deshe (“in lush meadows” Psalm 23) the first letters are for “fishes”, “Shabbat”, “man”. 2) All creatures come from the Higher Worlds, and the fishes come from a very High and Holy World, which alludes to “An Open Eye” (of Providence). 3) All the tzadikim transmigrate into fishes, so we eat fishes on Shabbat to help tzadikim liberate their souls.