The People in the Books: Hebraica and Judaica Manuscripts from Columbia University Libraries

Rabbis > Ritual slaughter


Terefiyot ha-‘of be-kitsur.
Manuscript in Hebrew on paper.
Italy, 1715.
MS X893 C21
Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Jewish dietary regulations emanate from the Bible, and include not only which animals may be eaten, but also the manner in which they must be slaughtered.  Before becoming certified to practice, a ritual slaughterer, known as a shoḥet, must master the various complexities of these laws.  This book focuses on the various problems that can render fowl non-kosher.  This image shows the anatomy of a chicken (neck at the bottom).







Ṭerefiyot ha-ʻof be-ḳitsur: Last leaf


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