CHASSIDISHE STORY ON THE PARSHA
וזבחת מבקרך ומצאנך (ראה יב:כא)You may slaughter from your cattle and your flocks.
Harav Reb Shraga Feival of Gritza zt’’l had a sister who lived in Warsaw, where he used to reside in her home upon his visits to Warsaw. His sister knew that Reb Shraga Feival was extremely conscientious regarding eating chicken from a specific shochet, whom Reb Shraga Feival trusted his hashgacha.
In preparation for one of Reb Shraga Feival’s visits, she sent her maid to that shochet to slaughter a chicken. On the way, it started pouring, and the maid surmised that she’d take the chicken to a different, also a G-d-fearing shochet, whom her master also used and lived close by. The maid didn’t tell anyone and handed the slaughtered chicken to her master.
When Reb Shraga Feival was served the chicken, he took a spoonful of chicken sauce, smelled it, and asked his sister. “Tell me, please, who slaughtered this chicken?” His sister wondered about his questioning, “What do you mean I always send your chicken to your desired shochet?”
Reb Shraga Feival asked her to investigate, so she ran to her maid and asked where she had taken the chicken. The maid divulged her secret.
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