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Who Can Shecht?

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Another difference between the two opinions is in a scenario whereby a non-Jew who does not worship idols shechts. According to the Rambam, such a shechitah is permitted mi’de’oraisa to be consumed. Since the Torah’s reservation for not eating from a non-Jew’s meat is based on the fact that he will eventually eat from his avodah zarah, one who does not worship idols should be permitted to shecht. His shechitah is, however, prohibited mi’de’rabbanan. (This is based on the explanation of the Kesef Mishnah to the Rambam, Hilchos Shechitah 4:12. See Shach, Yoreh De’ah 2, who opines that even according to the Rambam a non-idol worshipping non-Jew is also disqualified mi’de’oraisa to shecht.)

Rabbi Raphael Fuchs

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