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HALACHA-----eating lubavitcher shechita

tess Posted - 17 January 2002 23:26


In my home we eat Lubavitch shechita when the butcher is out of the other types...but its not our first choice....Lifi halacha, if the shochet was a known "meshistic", is his shechita kosher?

MODERATOR Posted - 18 January 2002 0:22


Re: shchita. If someone believes that the Lubavitcher Rebbe is G-d in a body, like the Rebbe writes, or like that Rabbi Rifkin (quoted in the "Chabad" forum elsewhere) writes, then clearly he is an idol worshipper. even though he thinks he’s following the Torah.

Believing the Rebbe is Moshiach is wrong but does not disqualify a shchita. I know numerous Roshei Yeshiva and Talmidei Chachamim who will not eat Lubavitch shchitah because of the massive amount of Lubavitchers who believe in idol worship. not all do, but the only reason we are allowed to rely on a shochet in general is because there is not even a prominent minority of disqualified ones.

The poskim say explicitly that in a place where there is a prominent minority (miut hamatzui) of unsuited shochtim, you cannot eat from the shchita unless you know that the shochet is not one of them. Certainly if the majority are posul.

So the answer is, it depends on the "metzius". If there is a good chance - even if not a majority - that a given shochet from a given place believes that the Rebbe is G-d, then you cannot eat from that schitah without investigation. If the overwhelming majority do not believe that, then you may rely on it.

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