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Mostly Should Be Enough

There is a well known principle in halacha called "roobo kikoolo" [most is like the whole thing]. For example, when slaughtering an animal the shochet must cut two simmanim [two pipes, the kaneh and veshet - the food pipe and wind pipe. Shochtim don't smoke pipes - they cut ém]. If the majority of both simmanim were cut that is enough.

The Gemara in Maseches Shabbos [Perek Hamatznia] says that if one transfers part of an object from the private domain to the public domain, it is not considered Hotza'a until the ENTIRE object is moved to the public domain.

As they might have said in the park where I played ball as a kid "Yo babeh, why not?" Roobo kikoolo is the operative principle! [Somehow I doubt many of the "ballers" knew what roobo kikoolo is.] It should suffice if MOST of the object is in the public domain in order to constitute an issur of Hotzaá?

Maybe in the situation such as the shechitah, the purpose is not the actual cutting, but rather the cutting is the means to accomplish the death of the animal.

Therefore as long as most of the pipes are cut, the animal cannot live , and it is the same level of inability to live whether the pipes are cut "mostly" or totally( meaning speed of death and such).

With Hotzaaha, the taking out is the actual goal and melacha, therefore it has to be done completely, in order to be considered a melacha.

BTW, I love the challenge, keep my brain cells busy!

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