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this is an interesting question. As far as animals that are kosher. we are given specific signs which tell us they are kosher but mesorah is also important. In the case of the swordfish knowing whether this is the same fish permitted in the past would be important. For this same reason many Jews won't eat grasshoppers today (or at least not try them), ...


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Because the question asks, "which sources say yes and which sources say no", I feel like the question warrants a response that includes a few more sources. The most comprehensive discussion of the issue is published by Dr. Ari Zivotofsky in Bar Ilan's journal Bechol Derachecha Daeihu (vol. 19) and its history is summarized in this news article. Rav Hershel ...



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