Which Sefer or Sefarim is/are used in practical application of Shechita? General Halacha follows the שלחן ערוך, but does it in all areas?

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In America, the custom is as the custom of Europe -- to use the sefer שמלה חדשה, written by Rabbi Alexander Sender Schor (1673-1737), even though on occasion he will disagree with the שלחן ערוך. Rabbi Schor also wrote תבואת שור (an explanation to Simlah Chadasha) and בכור שור, a commentary on Shas.

(see מטה אשר [commentary to שמלה חדשה] in 1:4, especially what he quotes from the דרכי תשובה)

I had heard that the custom in Israel is to use the בית דוד, though some commenters on this answer had heard otherwise.

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    All of Europe had the same custom?
    – Double AA
    Commented Apr 28, 2014 at 5:27
  • @DoubleAA See the מטה שאר in the link, he says that this is the custom in Russia, Galicia, and הגר (Hungary?)...sounds like a good chunk of Europe to me. My rebbi made it sound like all of it had this custom.
    – MTL
    Commented Apr 28, 2014 at 6:02
  • הגר is Hungary
    – MTL
    Commented May 16, 2014 at 5:15
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    Just for the record I got my Kabbala in Israel and reviewing the Simla CHadash once every 30 days was a condition. Also Rabbi Waldman who re-printed the Simla Chadasha lived/worked in Israel so I would say it's the prevalent custom in Israel as well.
    – eramm
    Commented Sep 9, 2014 at 14:46
  • Is the okay for print the english translation, meaning is it meant for public to use free?
    – MosheRabbi
    Commented May 5, 2016 at 2:40

If you wish to get tested by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel you must be proficient in Tur, Shulchan Aruch with Nosei Kelim.

Rabbi Chaim Lokie in his English Simlah Chadasha (footnote Siman 18) writes that many in Israel are accustomed in the learning of Sefer Beis Dovid. Rabbi Yehudah Landsman of Monsey would also teach Beis Dovid to his students.

Many in the United States - like Moreinu Rav Eliyahu Ben-Chaim of Yeshiva University - allow you to learn any Sefer that is accepted by Gedolei Yisroel (Tur Shulchan Aruch, Simlah Chadasha, Beis Dovid, etc.).

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    Where can one find this English version of the Simlah Chadasha
    – sam
    Commented Feb 17, 2019 at 20:58
  • You can buy on Lulu.com or see a preview on Google Books.
    – Avi M
    Commented Feb 18, 2019 at 10:12

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