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shochet

[Sephardic Hebrew shaw-khet; Ashkenazic Hebrew shoh-kheyt, shoi-khit; English shoh-khit] /Sephardic Hebrew ʃɔˈxɛt; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈʃoʊ xeɪt, ˈʃɔɪ xɪt; English ˈʃoʊ xɪt/
noun, plural shochetim
[shohkh-teem] /ʃoʊxˈtim/ (Show IPA).
English, shochets. Hebrew.
1.

shohet

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[Sephardic Hebrew shaw-khet; Ashkenazic Hebrew shoh-kheyt, shoi-khit; English shoh-khit] /Sephardic Hebrew ʃɔˈxɛt; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈʃoʊ xeɪt, ˈʃɔɪ xɪt; English ˈʃoʊ xɪt/
noun, plural shohetim
[shohkh-teem] /ʃoʊxˈtim/ (Show IPA).
English, shohets. Hebrew.
1.
a person certified by a rabbi or Jewish court of law to slaughter animals for food in the manner prescribed by Jewish law.
Compare shehitah.
Origin of shohet
shōḥēṭ literally, one who slaughters
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  • Even the shochet sometimes goes away for a whole week, so when should they find time to quarrel?

    Stories and Pictures Isaac Loeb Peretz
  • Of course, a shochet sausage and a Dayan—no, that was very wrong!

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  • Heyman, Heinrich Wilhelm David, son of a shochet (slaughterer) in poor circumstances.

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  • They were not permitted to have synagogues, but could have prayer-rooms, and appoint a school-master and a butcher (shochet).

  • It would be better for him to get a diploma as a rabbi, or let him become a shochet or a teacher—anything—only not a trader!

    Stories and Pictures Isaac Loeb Peretz
  • Occasionally (he smiles) there is a dispute—only it is for the honor of God—between him and the shochet.

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  • In the shochet's house there is a female lodger; she pays fifteen rubles a year.

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  • The only people who remain to be envied are our two young men, the shochet's son with the shochet's son-in-law.

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  • My comrade's father, the "shochet," was asleep, and the little girl sat at the door and waited.

    Jewish Children Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
  • The shochet is not at home, he has gone to a neighboring village; that is why the calf is still lowing in the house.

    Stories and Pictures Isaac Loeb Peretz
British Dictionary definitions for shochet

shochet

/ˈʃɒkɛt; ˈʃɒxɛt/
noun (pl) shochets, shochetim
1.
(in Judaism) a person who has been specially trained and licensed to slaughter animals and birds in accordance with the laws of shechita
Word Origin
C19: from Hebrew, literally: slaughtering
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