from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A slaughterer; a Jewish butcher who is learned in the rabbinical laws of slaughtering animals. His duty is to slaughter the animal according to the law prescribed in Hilchoth sh'h˙itah (rules for slaughtering) and examine the vital parts of the viscera. No meat is considered ‘kosher’ without the shohet's sanction.


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  • He was America's first shohet (kosher butcher) and was a founder of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.

    Personal Information for Katherine (Kitty) Cohen

  • In many instances whole Jewish communities were transplanted, including the rabbi and shohet [person officially licensed by rabbinic authority to slaughter meat in accordance with Jewish dietary laws].

    Food in the United States.

  • In a small town in Russia, for example, the rabbi was the leader, and everyone went to the same shohet.

    Food in the United States.

  • Another, Dov Behr Manischewitz, hearing of the huge center of Reform Judaism in Cincinnati, decided to settle there as a shohet.

    Food in the United States.

  • Her father, Hersh Kaufman Rabinsohn, was a ritual slaughterer (shohet) and synagogue functionary, her mother Sarah, a small-time food seller.

    Ana Pauker.

  • Grandfather Eliyahu Japheth was a shohet and a self-educated scholar of Jewish texts, who worked as a commercial agent for one wealthy Jewish family and taught Hebrew to the sons of another.

    Ruby Daniel.

  • After 1857, when Celia Moss married a local shohet, Edward Levetus, and moved to Birmingham, Hartog ran the schools herself.

    Marion Hartog.


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