Larry Tauber <ltauber@...>
On 2006.05.23, Karen Rosenfeld <email@example.com> wrote:
Both of my grandfathers were Shochtim (and Bodkim) in Galicia [...]A schochet did have to have a good reputation and be considered a
personal of high moral standing otherwise he would not be trusted to
be acting properly. Many shochtim had Yeshiva backgrounds and even
smicha since they had to know the laws of kashrut and ritual
slaughter. In smaller communities, the rabbi may have also acted as
the shochet (as was the case with my grandfather who was the rabbi
of a congregation in Greenfield Park, NY and was also the shochet).
The position is not hereditary, although I suppose that many
shochtim did teach their children the trade.