posted on Feb, 9 2004 @ 12:07 PM
This actually was in the press nearly a year ago if I recall. When I first read it I thought that it was either some sort of satire or maybe an
article from the Weekly World News. Interestingly enough it was in actual news sources.
When I asked some residents of New Square they mentioned the following few points.
1) The worker understood Yiddish because of his experience working with the Hasidic community, however Hasidic Jews do not ever speak Hebrew
conversationally so he would not have understood the fish's "words". Hasidic Jews call Hebrew "Lashon HaKodesh" , the holy language, and are
prohibited from conversing in it, and any use other than Prayer and learning the Bible etc. As the story goes the fish uttered two hebrew phrases
when only the worker was around. When the Jewish man came back it said other phrases. The residents of the town who I spoke to did not comprehend
how Mr. Nivelo would understand the initial two phrases.
2) Reincarnation as an animal is more of a Kabbalistic theory including a fairly well known one about the Cats in the historic Israeli town of Safed
(Tzfat) being reincarnated humans. When I was in that city I was, of course, drawn to find some truth in this. What I found was a complete lack of
fear in the cats of humans. Usually when a person approaches a stray cat they stick around for a moment being inquisitive, and then run away scared.
These cats don't move, in fact they actually will sometimes just approach you as though you're their owner of 20 years. Does that mean they're
reincarnated people, I dunno. Maybe they're just used to people being around. Either way the concept is an old Kabbalistic one.
In essence, the concept brought about by this story is a possible one, according to the devout Jews of the community. Most of them however viewed it
with a great degree of skepticism.
[Edited on 2-9-2004 by Djarums]