Yoreh Deah Siman 8 Seif 1

 

סימן ח – שעור סכין של שחיטה,

Siman 8

The length of the knife for ritual slaughter

 

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כַּמָּה הוּא אֹרֶךְ הַסַכִּין שֶׁשּׁוֹחֵט בּוֹ, כָּל שֶׁהוּא; רַק שֶׁלֹּא יְהֵא דָּבָר דַּק שֶׁנּוֹקֵב וְאֵינוֹ שׁוֹחֵט, כְּמוֹ רֹאשׁ הָאִזְמֵל הַקָּטָן וְכַיּוֹצֵא בּוֹ; וּבְמַחַט, אֲפִלּוּ הוּא רָחָב קְצָת כְּאוֹתָן שֶׁל רַצְעָנִים שֶׁחוֹתְכִין בּוֹ הַחוּט, אֵין שׁוֹחֲטִין בּוֹ וְכֵיוָן דְּלָא יָדְעִינָן שִׁעוּרָא, הַשּׁוֹחֵט בְּסַכִּין קְטַנָּה צָרִיךְ לִזָּהֵר וּלְשַׁעֵר לְפִי אֹמֶד דַּעְתּוֹ שֶׁכְּשֶׁיּוֹלִיךְ וְיָבִיא בָּהּ שֶׁלֹּא יִדְרֹס; אֲבָל בִּקְטַנָּה יוֹתֵר מִדַּאי לֹא יִשְׁחֹט.

Seif 1

How long must a knife be to slaughter? Any size long as it’s not too thin that it ends up piercing and not slicing

like the head of a small blade or the like. And a needle, even if it i wide like those who makes holes like those who work with leather we decide with the thread. You can’t slaughter with such a needle, since it is impossible to determine its size.

A slaughterer with a small knife needs to be careful and measure his understanding to make sure he will not come to trample; however an extremely small (knife) we may not be allowed to slaughter with.

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