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Is it permitted to have a pareve or dairy Shabbat or holiday meal?

by Rabbi Herschel Finman


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It is written in the Code of Jewish Law that one should eat meat and fish and drink wine to celebrate the Shabbat. However, the very same Code of Jewish Law states that if one is pained by eating fish, one need not eat fish. It therefore follows that if one enjoys dairy or pareve food and that food can be made in a more special way than one is accustomed to eat during the week, it would be permitted.

Judaism is very reliant on tradition. Bubby can tell you all about that...
It must be noted, however, that Judaism is very reliant on tradition. Bubby can tell you all about that… There is something to be said for maintaining the format of the traditional Shabbat meal—fish, soup, meat, Cholent, kugel, etc.


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(pl: Shabbatot). Hebrew word meaning "rest." It is a Biblical commandment to sanctify and rest on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. This commemorates the fact that after creating the world in six days, G-d rested on the seventh.
A stewed (usually meat) dish served hot on Shabbat afternoon. Since it is forbidden to cook or warm up food on Shabbat, the cholent sits on the stove-top from before sundown Friday evening.