Yoreh Deah Siman 10 Seif 1

 

סימן י – יתר דיני סכין,

Siman 10

Other laws of knives

 

א

סַכִּין שֶׁל מְשַׁמְּשֵׁי עֲבוֹדַת כּוֹכָבִים חֲדָשָׁה, אוֹ יָשָׁן שֶׁאֵין בּוֹ מִשּׁוּם גִּעוּלֵי עוֹבְדֵי כּוֹכָבִים, מֻתָּר לִשְׁחֹט בּוֹ בְּהֵמָה בְּרִיאָה מִפְּנֵי שֶׁהוּא מְקַלְקֵל; וְאָסוּר לִשְׁחֹט בּוֹ מְסֻכֶּנֶת, מִפְּנֵי שֶׁהוּא מְתַקֵּן; סַכִּין שֶׁל עוֹבֵד כּוֹכָבִים שֶׁהִשְׁחִיזוֹ בַּרֵחַיִם שֶׁלּוֹ, אוֹ אִם הָיָה יָפֶה שֶׁאֵין בּוֹ פְּגִימוֹת וּנְעָצוֹ בְּקַרְקַע קָשָׁה עֶשֶׂר פְּעָמִים וְאח ”כ שָׁחַט בּוֹ, מֻתָּר; וְאִם שָׁחַט בּוֹ בְּלֹא שׁוּם הֶכְשֵׁר, מֵדִיחַ בֵּית הַשְּׁחִיטָה, וְאִם קִלֵּף הֲרֵי זֶה מְשֻׁבָּח.

Seif 1

A new knife belonging to one who worships idols, or an old knife that has no question of being under the impurity of idolatry (or non-kosher use),

it is permitted to slaughter a healthy animal with it because by doing so it it will cause a financial loss. However it is forbidden to slaughter an animal that will die anyway due to illness, because this is a positive financial gain (since otherwise, the animal would be lost). The knife (one acquired) belonged to an idolater that was sharpened on a kosher grinding wheel, or if there wasn’t a defect on it one must stab it in the hard ground ten times, then one can slaughter permissibly. If someone slaughters with a non-kosher knife, one must wash the area of the neck where the slaughtering cut, and if one cuts away the meat from the area, it is praiseworthy.

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