Although I knew about the prohibition of eating fish and meat together, and also about the quite serious restrictions in my community on eating dairy and fish together, I had never heard that we are prohibited from eating meat and fowl together...until now. Is this prohibition observed today, how strict is it, and what must be the separation between meat and fowl? (Do you need to have, say, something solid to eat and a glass of whiskey to drink as we are supposed to between fish and meat?)

^Bonus: why does nobody seem to do this last part?

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    FWIW I observe it. I've never drunk anything between, just haven't had the two on the same plate together.
    – ezra
    Aug 2, 2017 at 3:49
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    Probably because random medical superstitions picked up over the centuries are a wonderful thing jettison, and a horrible thing to hold onto.
    – mevaqesh
    Aug 2, 2017 at 5:21
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    Depending on what you mean by following the shulhan arukh, it sure does. If something is a formal enactment based on a superstition or outmoded science, then it may or may not be binding. If something is just medical advice from folks centuries ago who would be disappointed if they knew that in the age of modern medicine you were following their folk superstitions, it is not halakha even if it is mentioned by a halakhist. Even the issue of meat and fish is omitted by rambam in accordance with the principle that we don't follow Talmudic medicine. The earliest source for fish and milk afaik
    – mevaqesh
    Aug 2, 2017 at 14:42
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    Cont. Is rabbenu bachya saying what he heard in the name of medieval Arab doctors. Hardly folks we want to be following for anything. It may or may not be mentioned in the sha but even about meat and fish, which is mentioned, the magen avraham emphasises that we don't follow Talmudic medicine, and the implication as noted by r. Herschel shachter is that it is fine to consume.
    – mevaqesh
    Aug 2, 2017 at 14:50
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    @ezra Can you clarify what it is that you observe?
    – Double AA
    Aug 4, 2017 at 14:40

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That is a mis-translation. This is the Hebrew text:

קיצור שולחן ערוך סימן לג

אסור לאכול דג עם בשר, ואפילו עם שומן עופות מפני הסכנה.

Translated (by me):

It is forbidden to eat fish with meat, even with goose fat, because of a danger.

Which means that one should not each fish with meat or fish with goose fat (poultry). I'm pretty sure it's not just goose fat but all poultry, but not sure why goose fat was picked as the example. Perhaps that is how fish was cooked in those times....

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    Yes, goose fat was a very common cooking "oil" then. Traditional Latkes were fried in it.
    – Shalom
    Aug 2, 2017 at 20:58
  • @Shalom, Isn't there a chanuka song supposedly attributed to Ibn Ezra(?) about frying in goose liver?
    – user6591
    Aug 2, 2017 at 23:59
  • @Moses613 Thanks for your answer but I'm confused. Are you re-translating the same kitzur that I linked? The English text includes additional words: "Eating meat with fish OR FOWL, even if one just cooked them together." Where did the extra 2 words come from?
    – SAH
    Aug 3, 2017 at 17:08
  • @SAH Ummm, not to get on your case, here, but ... you didn't link directly to the "Kitzur". You linked to an article that cites the Kitzur.
    – DanF
    Aug 3, 2017 at 17:33
  • @SAH They came from a mis-translation.....
    – user8726
    Aug 3, 2017 at 19:49

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