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    Fish on Friday night – Ask the Rabbi

    Q. We have the custom of eating fish on Friday night. Does this have a historic basis?

    fish foodA. Friday night is said to be a special time for marital relations, hopefully leading to procreation; fish are a symbol of fertility.

    Some people read Shir HaShirim (Song of Songs) on Friday night; as a love story it awakens thoughts of love. Lighting Shabbat candles is thought to be rewarded by producing children dedicated to the Torah (cf. Talmud Shabbat 23b).

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