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Q: While discussing possible menu items for my daughter’s kosher wedding, I was told we could not have a combination of steak and fish, as it was not allowed by the cRc. Can you clarify why this is not possible? I have never heard of this and am curious as to the reason behind this decision.
A: The Rabbis of the Talmud (Pesachim 76a) advise against consuming meat and fish together, as doing so is not healthful. There are some authorizes, such as Magen Avraham 173:1, who rule that since nowadays we do not observe any negative effects of this practice, one may assume that “nature” has changed (nishtaneh hatevah) and therefore the Talmudic advice may be ignored. However, the common practice is to follow the ruling of Shulchan Aruch YD 116:2 that even nowadays one must follow this directive, and it is for that reason that the cRc will not allow meat and fish to be served simultaneously.