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The line with the fish in the story is also printed in Lev Eliyahu from R' Elya Lopian tz"l in parshas Vayeitzei where he discusses the love Yaakov had for Rochel - a 'beautiful' peice if you can get you hands on it. ( Obviously, Reb Elya was using the line to describe true love, making @Shmuel's question valid) I think the lesson from the kotzker / Reb ...


I can't help with a source of the story, but the distinction in usage seems to be clear. A fish is an animate being, with things that are detrimental to its own interests and things that the fish itself does not like. Therefore, love in that context would mean to look want what is best for it. Killing and eating the fish is not in the fish's best ...

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