The BBC reports that a talking fish has predicted the end of the world:
Zalmen Rosen, from the Skver sect of Hasidic Jews, says co-worker Luis Nivelo, a Christian, was about to kill a carp to be made into gefilte fish in the city’s New Square Fish Market in January when it began shouting in Hebrew.
“It said ‘Tzaruch shemirah’ and ‘Hasof bah’,” Mr Rosen later told the New York Times newspaper.
“[It] essentially means [in Hebrew] that everyone needs to account for themselves because the end is nigh.”
It instructed him to pray and study the Torah, but Mr Rosen admitted that in a state of panic he attempted to kill the fish, injuring himself in the process and ending up in hospital.
The fish was eventually killed by Mr Nivelo and sold.
Many members of the city’s Jewish community are now certain that God, troubled by the prospect of war in Iraq, has revealed Himself in fish form.
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