How much did a shojet (ritual slaughterer) earn in Galitzia in 1900 ? #galicia

Alberto Guido Chester

My grandfather, his father and his grandfather were shojets in Rogatyn, Galitzia from about 1850 to 1928.
Their only abundance was poverty, family lore says.
How did a shochet earn a living? As an employee of the kahal ? Sometimes acting as a mohel also?
How did other religious personnel earn their living?
I am looking for any kind of information, either novels or memories or scholarly works about the socio economic oranziation of Polish shtetls. 
Thanks for any thoughts and suggestions by private Email to  <agchester@...>.

Alberto Guido Chester,   Buenos Aires, Argentina    <agchester@...>


In the pale, he wouldn't have earned much but by emigrating to America, he could earn enough to make a living as did my maternal grandfather. We was a Tzarist beurocrat in his village(Yurovichi in Belarus) but left his home and family, at age 39, to travel to, i believe Mozyr, to study to become a shochet and remained in school long enough to also get certified as a butcher. He felt this would be the way to be accepted as an "immigrant with a profession" in the U.S. when he arrived in 1916+/-. He was a highly educated man who became an itinerant Rabbi and Shochet in the northeast (NY, NJ and New England) until he earned enough to go back to his village and bring his family to America. His story is so fascinating that i am in the process of writing a somewhat fictionalized biography of him.


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Lee Jaffe

My grandfather told me that the tax system in his town (Suchowola) involved an auction for the right to collect taxes based on animals slaughtered.  An amount to be levied by type of animal was set and the bidders bet that they could collect more from the year's take from the shokets than they had bid.  The town got their money up front from the winning bidder who then had to collect her/his due from each slaughterer during the year. I guess the shokets passed the tax onto their customers.

Lee Jaffe