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Satmar shechita

I was told that the Satmar method of slaughtering is a method unto itself. Can someone explain Satmar shechita and/or the differences by which it differentiates itself?
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Why does Shulchan Aruch not use the term חלף

A knife that is used for Shechita is also called a חלף. Why doesn't the Smach and Shulchan Aruch use this word and instead use the regular term סכין שחיטה?
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Is there any source that says a person should have kaf zechut to anothers shechita

I know a person who is machmir on not eating meat from others he said only if he does the shechita himself he will trust to eat it. Is there any law that mandates others to trust in others people ...
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Practice for Shechita

I'm practicing to be a Shochet and one of the difficulties is practicing shechita on hundreds of birds to become proficient in picking up any bird and shechting it properly first try. Most non-Jewish ...
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Review on Simla Chadasha

As a Shochet has to review his learning once every 30 days, are there any review sheets or questions (שאלות לחזרה) in order to review it properly?
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Looking for Esek Hashchita

Where can one acquire the Sefer 'Esek Hashchita' by Rabbi Dovid SHAFFIER? Either pdf or hard copy
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Where do the rabbis get the Noahide Law prohibiting the consumption of the meat from a living animal: "ever min hachai"?

At first, this may seem obvious. The source is Genesis 9:4 - "Only flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat." Put in other words - "But you must not ...
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Stunning after slaughter

I just read an article that basically said that the law in Canada is such that, it is detrimental in producing a normal output of kosher meat for their market. Canada apparently needs one to make sure ...
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Minimum amount of dirt required for covering blood

Halacha mandates when Jews do shechita of chickens and wild animals they cover their blood with dirt. The question I have is what the minimum amount of dirt is necessary to use to fullfill this ...
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May one eat limb of a living Ben pekuah

According to Halacha, Jews and non-Jews alike are prohibited from eating the limb of a living animal as one the noahide laws, known as Ever Min Hachai. My question is, is there no prohibition of Ever ...
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Chicken with two tracheas

What would the Halacha be in a case where one slaughtered a chicken and found 2 tracheas from the mouth to the lungs. If for example only Rov of one of these tracheas were cut would the chicken be ...
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Is shechita done by Jews with prosthetic arms valid

According to Halacha, is shechita done by Jews with prosthetic arms kosher and valid? The reason I ask is that shechita has to be done by Jews: machine shechita is generally not valid. But in this ...
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Steps required to make a cow kosher for consumption

Let's say I have a cow and I want to eat it what are the steps according to halachah. I'm not looking for details just the basics Something like this Shechita by a certified Shochet Bedika? What is ...
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What is "split chicken"?

Recently I have noticed in Lubavitch butchers they sell "split chickens" which i was told is a term that is halachic and has to do with the salting process. Can someone enlighten me on what ...
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Not to slaughter an animal in the presence of another

I remember learning that you should not shecht an animal in a way, that another live animal will see it. Is there a source to this? Related: Are there any requirements in Kashrut about how livestock ...
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Are there any requirements in Kashrut about how livestock must be treated/reared during its life before reaching the slaughterhouse?

Obviously there are requirements that it must be actually slaughtered by a qualified slaughterer, using a sufficiently smooth and sharp knife, and the animal must then have been sufficiently healthy ...
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Shechita Halacha neck

from what I understand it’s brought down that one cannot cut higher than the neck during shechita, I wanted to know what the kosher status is of an animal that was cut above a valid region but the ...
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Shackle and hoist shechita

I wanted to know, are there any Poskim who say that shechita that is done using the “shackle and hoist” method of restraining an animal is non kosher due to the principle of animal welfare in Halacha? ...
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Was there an alert system in place in the Mikdash for cases of an invalid shechita creating tum'as neveila?

Was there a טומאה alert/lockdown system in the מקדש mentioned in Shas or anywhere else? Each בהמה that was sacrificed would carry an inherent risk of טומאת נבלה if something went wrong with the ...
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For schecting, can a blade made of non rusting and non pitting metal, namely tungsten, substitute for steel? [duplicate]

To make it easier to schect,could we choose a metal not normally subject to rusting or a need to sharpen? Tungsten is one of the hardest and nonreactive metals that exist.
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List of Shechita Halachot not found in YD 1 - 28?

The bulk of hilchot shechita is found in Yoreh De'ah, Chapters 1 - 28. But there are other halachot connected to shechita scattered throughout the rest of Shulchan Aruch. Is there a resource that ...
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May I schect a chicken with a water jet?

Water jet blades are used industrially to cut steel and if care is not taken can cut through flesh with better precision and in far less time than a steel blade. Could this effect be exploited to ...
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May I shect a chicken with blade that is sharper than steel? [duplicate]

As a schecting knife for poultry, may I substitute an instrument that cuts even faster, more sharply, and more humanely that a steel blade, such as a high power laser beam or water jet, both which can ...
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What do the Kanfei HaOkets look like?

So from what I understand in the Rambam Sefer Kedusha Hilchot MaAchalot Asurot Halacha 3 it says if you find an animal which you can't check if its kosher by checking it's mouth to see if it chews it'...
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Eating Meat that Wasn’t Killed According To Kashrut [duplicate]

Is it halachically permitted for one to eat pure meat, i.e. turkey, lamb, etc. even though it wasn’t killed in a kosher manner (Kashrut)? For example, store bought turkey breast.
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Shechita only during the times of the Beis Hamikdash

Can someone point me to where in the Talmud there’s an opinion that shechita is only required during the times of the Beis Hamikdash?
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If one steps on an insect on Shabbos and the insect is then mutilated to the point that it will surely die, then is one allowed to kill it?

If one steps on a cockroach on Shabbos and the cockroach is then mutilated to the point that it will surely die, is one then allowed to kill it? Is it allowed to kill the cockroach because essentially ...
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Is ethics a reason behind commandments?

One reason frequently advanced for shechitah is that it minimizes pain to the animal being slaughtered. But Gentiles have no such restrictions (shechitah is not a Noahide law) and fish do not require ...
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Why must animals be conscious when slaughtered?

EU court rules states can mandate stunning animals for slaughter reports: Animal rights activists had pushed for the ban which could prevent kosher and halal ritual slaughter which requires livestock ...
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What does Nichar mean as a way killing animals? [duplicate]

Yoreh Deah 16:9 אין איסור" אותו ואת בנו" אלא בשחיטה בלבד, שנאמר "לא תשחטו". אבל אם ניחר (פי' ענין הנחירה הוא שתוחב הסכין בנחיריו וחותך) את הראשון, או נתנבל בידו – מותר לשחוט השני. ...
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What method is used to halachically pluck a chicken's feathers after shechita

It seems the standard way to remove chickens feathers after slaughtering is to scald the chicken in hot water for up to a couple minutes before plucking the feathers. (as an example, here's some ...
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Why is kisui hadam (covering of the blood) only done for a bird & wild animal, but not for a domesticated animal?

Leviticus 17:13 teaches us about the mitzvah of kisui hadam (covering of the blood) after an animal undergoes shechitah: וְאִ֨ישׁ אִ֜ישׁ מִבְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֗ל וּמִן־הַגֵּר֙ הַגָּ֣ר בְּתוֹכָ֔ם אֲשֶׁ֨ר ...
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Why did everybody have to bring their own knife for slaughtering the Korban Pesach?

We learn in the Talmud (Pesachim 66a) אמרו לו "רבי, שכח ולא הביא סכין מערב שבת מהו?"‏ אמר להן "הלכה זו שמעתי ושכחתי אלא הנח להן לישראל אם אין נביאים הן בני נביאים הן"‏ They said ...
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During Temple times, who can butcher a kosher animal?

During the Temple Times, for the purpose of consumption, can any Jew butcher a kosher animal or must the animal be butchered by a Cohen or a Levi? I would appreciate a rabbinical source. I just ...
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"Hargasha" on a Shechitah Knife

Shochtim these days are careful not to have even the slightness feeling/Hargasha on their knifes although this is significantly less than a "Pegimah". Where is their sourse to be careful even for ...
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If a Jew was in a dire situation and had to eat the flesh of a pig, would they be required to kill the pig through Shechita?

This question is with regards to the limits of Pikuach Nefesh in a life or death scenario. Jewish law states that we have the ability to break the rules during situations where lives are in the ...
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Stainless steel valid shechita knife that wasn't used for 3 days

The Simlah Chadasha (Siman 18 Seif 16) writes that if a knife with a Chazaka was held unused for three days - and one then slaughtered with it (without checking if it is smooth) and then lost it, that ...
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Why is a Shechitah Knife termed a Chalaf?

In the Diaspora the Shechitah knife is termed "Chalef". What is the origin of this word? When was this word first used and where was this first first used?
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Do I have first rights to slaughter on the day I buy a child or parent animal?

Rule: וְשׁ֖וֹר אוֹ־שֶׂ֑ה אֹת֣וֹ וְאֶת־בְּנ֔וֹ לֹ֥א תִשְׁחֲט֖וּ בְּי֥וֹם אֶחָֽד׃ However, no animal from the herd or from the flock shall be slaughtered on the same day with its young. If I purchase ...
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Why are there extraneous words in vaykra (Leviticus) 17:3?

I am struggling to understand VAYIKRA (Book of Leviticus) Chapter 17 (http://www.breslov.com/bible/Leviticus17.htm#3) verses 3 and 4. I have read Are there extraneous words in Torah? (Are there ...
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Does ever min hachai transfer to utensils?

When meaty/dairy/treif food is cooked in a pot, the taste (ta'am) of the food is transferred to the pot. When the pot is reused for other food, that food becomes meaty/dairy/treif as well. Likewise, ...
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Melacha and Korbanot in the Beit HaMikdash [duplicate]

We know sacrifices were offered - in the case of burnt offerings, put on the fire- in the Beit HaMikdash on Shabbat and Yom Tov, in fact extra ("Mussaf") offerings were made on such days. In addition ...
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Converted Shochet

Different standards are applied to resolving the question of "Who is a Jew" in different situations- When trying to complete a minyan, we simply ask someone if he is Jewish. Prior to marriage, ...
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Animal in excruciating pain on Shabbos: What lenient opinions exist?

Are there any respected poskim who would permit killing (with a shinui) a bug or other small creature who is clearly suffering terribly on Shabbos? If not Shabbos, what about Yom Tov? If not killing,...
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Industrial kosher farming and shechita?

I understand that each animal slaughtered needs to be done with a special kind of knife and by a shochet. How might an industrial kosher farm operate without the need for an exorbitant amount of ...
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Reason why pressing on an animal throat is forbidden during shechitah

The Rambam writes (MT Shechita 3:1) about five factors that disqualify ritual slaughter (shechitah). One of them (3:11) is dirasah, pressing on animal throat (based on the gemara in Chulin 30b) For ...
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Force feeding of geese

Geese were extremely popular among European Jews for various reasons, and their liver was particularly appreciated. However, there is a debate, whether force feeding may render the animals non-kosher, ...
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Are we permitted to trust the shechita of a shochet who doesn't keep kosher?

Suppose an otherwise observant and all around excellent shochet is discovered to eat non-kosher food on a regular basis. (Just taking a random example, he's keeping the non-treibored hindquarters of ...
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Reversing the status of a treif animal

The gemara in chullin 55b brings from the mishna that an animal remains kosher if the lower jaw was removed. Rabbi Zeira qualifies this law by saying that the animal is only kosher if it can be fed by ...
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Source for not being a Shochet and Mohel

I am looking for the source of a minhag that a shochet should not be a mohel because of an incident where the mohel/shochet recited "al hashechita" and the infant died afterwards. I recall that as an "...
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