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Halacha of Shechita

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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Understanding the story of Rabba and Rav Zeira

The Gemarah (Megillah 7b)describes how Rabba and Rav Zeira celebrated Purim together. While intoxicated Rabba kills (slaughters) Rav Zeira. The next day he resurrects him. The next year Rabba invites ...
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How can pigs and shellfish be kosher for bnei Noach?

As a ben Noach, I watch what meat I eat. I eat kosher or halal cut meat only. However, I think that bnei Noach aren't forbidden from eating pig meat or shellfish. How would I make sure that such meat ...
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What is kosher meat?

I have heard different theories about kosher foods, such as They sacrifice animal in a proper way They recite God's name when sacrificing the animal They only eat the front limbs of animals. The rear ...
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What is the practical difference between nebelah and terefah?

The second mishna on Chullin 32a explains that if an animal is rendered invalid by any death which does not occur through proper ritual slaughter it is nebelah while if it is rendered invalid for some ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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 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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Is Halal Meat Kosher?

Muslims slaughter a Cow by saying "Bismillah, Allahu Akbar" meaning : "In the name of Allah , Allah is Great"" and follow the Zabiha (shechita) procedure to make it Halal. Some salient point of the ...
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Can a female be a Shochet? (slaughter animals)

Can a female slaughter animals according to Halacha? (sources)
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When/how was the controversy regarding stainless-steel blades for shechitah resolved?

My understanding is that the use of stainless-steel blades for shechita (kosher slaughter) knives was introduced by the early Hassidic movement and initially opposed by the non-Hassidic leaders. ...
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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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Are there any hechshers that certify food as kosher for B'nei Noach?

Are there any hechshers that certify food as kosher for B'nei Noach? Or any restaurants that offer such food? If not, how do observant B'nei Noach ensure that the meat that they eat was definitely not ...
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Is age a disqualification for Shechita?

Does advanced age disqualify a Shochet from being able to preform the ritual slaughter? If so what is the cut off age? Related question: What's the youngest that a shochet could be? (lower age ...
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Why do Fish not need Shechita?

In order to eat "regular" Kosher animals, there is a requirement for the animal to undergo Shechita (ritual slaughter). If an animal were to be killed / die without Shechita it is forbidden ...
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Does an improperly slaughtered animal render the Shochet impure?

In Vayikra 11:39 it says: לט. וְכִי יָמוּת מִן הַבְּהֵמָה אֲשֶׁר הִיא לָכֶם לְאָכְלָה הַנֹּגֵעַ בְּנִבְלָתָהּ יִטְמָא עַד הָעָרֶב:‏ 39) If an animal that you [normally] eat, dies, one who ...
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Certification of Shochtim

Do Shochtim need any kind of certification or license in order to shecht? How does one get a license? What if someone slaughtered without one?
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Shechting non-Kosher animals

The question was asked: If someone for example is sick and must eat from a non-kosher animal. Must it be shechted (slaughtered) first like a kosher animal? I don't see any reason why it should, since ...
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How is shechitah done without machinery?

Ah, Africa... A work colleague and I have been comparing animal slaughtering techniques in our respective traditions. He says that for a large animal like a cow that cannot be restrained manually they ...
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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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Can Jews eat hunted animals?

Are Jews allowed to eat hunted animals? That means the animals are dead before getting their necks cut. I do not think that a large proportions of ancient Jews were hunters, but I would be surprised ...
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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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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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Can Jews eat non-Kosher meat?

Is it permissible for a Jew to eat meat that isn't treif or forbidden flesh if it was not purchased from a kosher butchery? I was told by a Muslim friend of mine that non-halaal meat (except pork) isn'...
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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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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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Why do people get Chassidishe Shchita?

The Rambam says that the Shchita of a Mumar for one aveira is Kosher, just that there needs to be a Shochet who will check his knife before he shechts (as one can assume that he won't work too hard to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Noachide Dietary Restrictions

Noachides are not commanded to keep Kosher but we do know the sixth commandment given us is "The prohibition of eating flesh taken from an animal while it is still alive" can someone clarify (Not give ...
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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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Was it always the kohen who slaughtered the korbanot?

I'm not too experienced with the rabbinic literature and history, and from just plain reading of the text in this week's torah portion (V'Yikra) I'm finding that it says "HE shall bring it...HE shall ...
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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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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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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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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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Drunk person doing schechting

If a Shochet under the influence of alcohol slaughtered meat is the meat kosher for consumption or does the fact that he is drunk make him equivalent to a Shoteh (a mentally incompetent person) ...
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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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Must I ceremonially dispatch a non-kosher animal meant for Gentile consumption?

I raise non-kosher animals (rabbits) primarily for manure for my garden and fur for clothing. I give the meat away to non-Jews. I understand all domesticated animals are to be humanely killed, ...
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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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Hilchot Shchita for the Binding of Isaac

I was wondering if Hazal referred to the question of how exactly Abraham was planning to perform the שחיטה of his son Isaac. Clearly, Abraham had intended to do it as it is written "ויקח את המאכלת ...
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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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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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Laws of "Shehiyah" relating to a "Chayah"

In the Shulchan Arukh (Yoreh Deah Siman 23) we find the laws of "shehiyah", which relates to the laws of shechita. This is basically a prohibition stating that one may not pause in the middle of the ...
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