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Is there a bracha (blessing) said for shechita (kosher slaughter)? If so, what is the bracha?

Is the blessing said before or after the animal is slaughtered?

  • lets say someone forgot to say the bracha ,is it kosher ,see the Rosh,see also the Or Zaruah – sam Nov 6 '14 at 0:12
  • @sam Do you think I should include that in this Q/A set? ....SC talks about it (19:1), says that it's fine, but if we see that people are being מיקל in it we should קנס them. – Shokhet Nov 6 '14 at 0:15
  • not necessarily ,just thought its an interesting note about Eldad Hadani's shittah that its not kosher – sam Nov 6 '14 at 0:22
  • @sam I might, but maybe not right now. – Shokhet Nov 6 '14 at 0:45
  • Why were you wondering this? – Double AA Nov 6 '14 at 3:53
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  • There is a bracha on shechita, here is the wording:

    ברוך אתה ה' אלוקינו מלך העולם אשר קדשנו במצוותיו וציוונו על השחיטה

    ~ SA YD 19:1 (see also Simlah Chadashah at 19:1)

    • Rambam writes (Hil. Brachos 11:12) that if one slaughters his own קרבן פסח (Pesach offering), he makes a different bracha:

      אשר קדשנו במצוותיו וציוונו לשחוט

      ( h/t DoubleAA for pointing this Rambam out -- I had never seen it before! )

  • The blessing is said before the animal is slaughtered.

    ~ SA ibid, SC ibid

    • The exception to this case is if there is a possible problem with the animal, and it is uncertain whether it is kosher or not (due to טרפות, mostly terminal health problems) -- in that case, the blessing is made after the shechita and subsequent bedika (inspection) (Rama 19:1, SC 19:2). The shechita, bedika, and bracha should all follow each other without hefsek (pause); if there was a pause, then the blessing is not made (SC 19:2).

      ( h/t DoubleAA for pointing this out the Rama -- I had never seen it before, and had forgotten what the SC had written about it )

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