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Halacha - Sushi
Submitted by ilan  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

Generally speaking we say that mezonos is always the ikar, however rice is an exception to this rule since it is not one of the 5 grains. I have never seen a sushi roll, but from what I have heard it sounds like the fish is the primary part of the food and the rice is of secondary importance. The name would lend weight to this description. Therefore, it seems to me it should be shehakol.

posted:2008-11-09 08:28:49

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Visitor Comments: 3

Josh, 2010-03-01 23:41:33
I have seen it paskened the following 2 ways:
1. Make a Mezonos by most poskim as it is a Taarovet Tafel and since rice is the largest ingredient by volume you make a mezonos.
2. Eat something else that is mezonos shehakol and hadama in cases of sushi that have vegetable chunks in them.
Rabbi Peretz Moncharsh, 2010-03-01 13:32:38
Good point. I, and I think most other people, thought that sushi means raw fish. However I still stand by my original psak that the fish is more important than the rice, despite the accurate translation of the name. But I repeat, I have never seen nor eaten sushi, so if I am misunderstanding the situation and the rice is of primary significance the beracha would be mezonos.
Josh, 2010-02-22 22:53:21
With all due respect Sushi means vinegared rice. Does this change your psak?
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