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Questions tagged [slaughter-shochet-shecht]

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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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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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Can an Ashkenazi use Bet Yosef Shechita or vice versa?

For the most part, I gather that an Ashkenazi should not follow Sephardi minhag or vice versa. (E.g. - nusach hatefilla, kitniyot on Pesach.) I am Ashkenazi. I am somewhat "liberal" regarding my use ...
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Where in the TaNa"kh is there a discussion about how to slaughter an animal?

Where in the TaNa"kh is there a discussion about how to slaughter an animal? When reading various parashot, one sometimes come across about the topic of slaughtering animals, but (the ones I have ...
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Is slaughtering after killing permissible?

If one has hunted and killed a permissible wild animal with a firearm, like a deer for example, and then performed proper shechita, drained and covered the blood and done proper salting, nikur, etc., ...
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Pregnant animals and kashrut

If an animal is pregnant and you slaughter it, what is the status of the fetus? Does the stage of development matter like in regards to eggs?
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The concept of shechita and the requirements

From where in the Torah does it mention shechita? And where does it mention it must be performed by a Jew? Yes this is a double question.
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Criteria for obligation to obligate oneself in mitzvot

Certain commandments are automatically obligatory, e.g., praying, reciting shema, eating matza on the first night of Passover, etc. Other commandments, however, seem to be obligatory only if one ...
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Why is melika - not shechita - done on the bird korban?

The gemara Chullin (42a) lists a severed spine as one of the conditions rendering the animal a treifa. Therefore, what is special about the dove/turtle-dove korban (Vayikra 1:15) which features the ...
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Why is meat only kosher if a Jew slaughters the animal?

According to this answer in the question "What is kosher meat?" it is said that a Jew has to slaughter an animal in order for its meat to become kosher: This is done by Jews who are experts trained ...
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Can Sefardim eat meat in the homes of Ashkenazim?

In light of the details found in answers to this question, which suggest that neither Chassidish nor glatt nor non-glatt Ashkenazi meat is halachically acceptable for Sefardim, would there be any ...
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Using obsidian or titanium for shechita knives

I'm learning shechita and was wondering whether anyone has tried using obsidian or titanium for shechita. It seems that due to the hardness of the material in the case of titanium and the tendency of ...
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Did Hevel slaughter his sacrifice?

Genesis 4:4 states that Hevel offered an animal sacrifice. I recall learning that Kayin attacked Hevel with several blows because he did not know where/how to kill. My question is, did Hevel slaughter ...
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What precautions (if any) are taken to avoid slaughtering a mother and child animal on the same day nowadays?

There is a Torah prohibition against slaughtering an animal and its offspring on the same day. This prohibition applies even when separate people are doing the slaughtering. Nowadays when animals are ...
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Can you use a not kosher knife sharpening stone/wheel [duplicate]

I learned the the sharpening stone kashers the knife But are there any sources regarding the use of a sharpening stone/wheel that was used for non kosher knifes (possibly used even when dirty knives)...
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Does God Compensate Animals For Their Pain During Shechita?

Rav Sa'adia Gaon states the following regarding ritual slaughter of animals: I will make this matter understandable and say: the Creator has decreed that every animal will die, and has given ...
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What method was used to kill an animal being sacrificed by a priest?

I know that it was very important to drain the blood of a sacrificed animal so that it could be spattered on the altar. When imagining the priest taking on the task of killing a bull or a goat it ...
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Do you need kabolo (permission/licence) for checking the lungs

I understand (from simla chadasha 1.5 ) I need kabolo for shehita (I am not allowed to shecht without permission from a Rav, the rabonim made a hairum that people are not allowed to shecht without ...
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What does the word נחירה mean

In Modern Hebrew it means "snort", but what about in Classical Hebrew? I have found this word in Simla Hadosho 1:21. This states that if you want to feed your animals meat but you do not know the ...
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What is Lubavitch Shechita?

I was recently told about a Lubavitch family who only eats Lubavitch shechita. What is unique about Lubavitch shechita? Are there particular opinions which they are stringent for that no one else is? ...
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Kabbalah/Certification in Shechita in US? [closed]

Who can someone go to to get Kaballah in Shechita in America?
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Shechita Material online

Does anyone have links for Shechita material. Like the pdf of Simla Chadasha translated and pdf of Shechita knife and stones from R' Loike?
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Could a Ben Pekuah make all cattle not eligible for Shechitah?

According to the Simlah Chadashah, the definitive work on Shechitah, a Ben Pekuah does not need Shechitah on a Torah level however the child of a Ben Pekuah and regular animal would not be eligible ...
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Can one Shecht with a Wire

Can one ritually slaughter with a wire? Why or why not? The Talmud says that any implement may be used, so according to that a wire would be fine. Are there any technical problems that would ...
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What does Exodus 21:28 mean if an Oral Torah was given at Sinai?

One of the claims Rabbinic Judaism makes is that Oral Torah contains instructions for how to "properly slaughter" animals. The laws of shechitah are not in the Written Torah, yet one of the proofs for ...
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Eating a fish underwater

Maseches Chullin 27b that fish do not need shechita but they do need asifa (gathering). Does that mean that it is assur to eat a fish underwater (it's dead -to exclude bal tishaktzu problem) without ...
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Possibility of buying treyf meat in a kosher store

Since meat may be sold to a consumer before kashering and traiboring, it is possible that parts of meat obtained from a kosher store may not be kosher.* Ordinarily, one could guess whether the meat ...
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Can a shochet answer his own shechita shailos?

Is a shochet allowed to slaughter for himself, or does he need to buy from another butcher? If he slaughters an animal, and questions arise as to the validity of the shechita, can the shochet answer ...
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Do we learn any hilchos shechita from the Akeida?

The Binding of Isaac (Gen. 22) is a fascinating story, for a multitude of reasons. One thing that appeals to me, as a shochet (slaughterer), is that it has in it (as far as I could tell) the earliest ...
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In vitro meat — further questions

Related to this question: Does artificial meat grown in a petri dish have the halachic status of meat? Assuming that in vitro meat becomes widespread and assuming that it would be hechshered per the ...
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Shochtim who learned from translated materials

The Maharil in his Tshusvos Chadashos ("New Responsa," mentioned here), writes (Siman 93) that the custom is not to give kabblah to shochtim who learned the laws shechita in German (translated ...
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Do you have to be able to see to do shechita?

In the wake of a question about shechita on a boat (ok, with a cutlass, but also on a boat), the topic of other unusual shechita conditions came up in chat: Can I do it in on a boat? Can I do it on ...
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Can I use a cutlass for a shechita knife?

Ahoy thar! I'm trapped on a pirate ship, and I'm so hungry I could eat a cow! Hey wait, we actually have one on board!! My problem is that the only sharp implement that I have is a pirate's cutlass. ...
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What if you miss the bracha on shechita?

Se we know that you're supposed to make a bracha on shechita. What if you didn't? Would we still be allowed to eat the meat? As has already been established, the blessing should be said immediately ...
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What does the saying “like a blind man in a sky light” (כסומא בארובה) indicate?

It seems to me that the Simla Hadasha uses the saying "כסומא בארובה" to mean that it happened by accident. I do not see what in the simple meaning (as a blind man in a sky light) of the words an ...
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What's the youngest that a shochet could be?

Is there a lower age limit to be able to shecht (slaughter animals in a kosher manner)? If so, what is it? Related question: Is age a disqualification for Shechita? (upper age limit)
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Can you give an animal a tranquilizer, and proceed to slaughter it?

Can you shoot an animal with a tranquilizer, or feed a tranquilizer to an animal, and proceed to slaughter it in a kosher manner?
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What is the bracha on shechita?

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?
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What happens to the chelev (suet) after the butcher removes it from the animal?

Follow up to Are We not supposed to eat fat?: Chelev is called "suet". It is used as cooking oil (non-kosher, obviously), tallow (sometimes used in candle-making), and fuel, among other uses. Do ...
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What is the exact reason that electrical stunning before shechita is forbidden?

What is the exact reason that electrical stunning before shechita is forbidden? Excerpts from sources please if possible.
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How do Karaites shecht?

Simlah Chadasha writes (2:25) that those groups of people that do not accept the validity of the Oral Torah such as צדוקים (Sadducees) is acceptable, because even though all laws of kosher slaughter ...
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Commercial kosher slaughter

Kosher slaughter today is mainly carried out in large factory settings, with each shochet slaughtering hundreds or even thousands of animals every day. The required inspections of organs is also ...
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The concept of glatt

Where in the Gemara do you find the concept of meat being "glatt"? Or where do you even find the concept of "kosher lmehadrin."
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Shechting a goose during teves and shevat

The Rama in Yoreh Deah 11:4 cites a custom that some shochtim (ritual slaughterers) won't slaughter a goose during Teves or Shevat unless they eat from the heart of the animal. הגה: מקצת שוחטין ...
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Difference between eiver min hachai for Jews and Noahides

Both Jews and Noahides are forbidden to eat aiver min hachai (a limb torn from a live animal). Is there any difference between the prohibitions for Jews and non-Jews?
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Slaughtering with a machine

May one slaughter kosher animals with a machine? I don't mean to ask this question about restraining animals, what I want to know is if one may use a machine to actually make the cut, to actually ...