Fish head instead of sheep head

06.09.18

Pergunta

If a Sephardi wants to eat a sheep head instead of a fish head, is he allowed or is there some problem? I understood that an animal head is better — is it an obligation or just another possibility?

Resposta

Chazon Ovadia on Rosh Hashana (page 98) and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Yalkut Yosef (583:12) states that one should take a sheep head or a ram head in his hand and say “May it be Your Will that we be like the head and not the tail.” This is a remembrance to the ram at the Binding of Isaac. If one can’t get a sheep head that has a Beit Yosef chalak kashrut standard, he should take the head of a chicken and say, “May it be Your Will that we be at the head and not the tail” [and don’t add anything else]. He can bring sheep meat along and add: This is a remembrance to the ram of Isaac, etc.

This is not an obligation but it is preferable to try and keep this custom.