By Dovid Zaklikowski for COLlive and Hasidic Archives
After suffering under the Communists in the USSR, the Alperowitz family arrived in Jerusalem in 1924. Reb Chaim Moshe Alperowitz was an earnest, G-d fearing man. Those who knew him said that not only had he never told a lie, he could not understand why anyone else would want to.
It was suggested that Reb Chaim Moshe become a ritual slaughterer to earn his livelihood in the new country. There was another slaughterer in the city already, but he was assured by numerous people that there was enough business for both of them.
He soon completed his studies and began to slaughter chickens. When people heard about the new slaughterer who had sacrificed so much to remain observant under Communist persecution, they were excited, and his clientele grew rapidly.
On the eve of Yom Kippur, the line outside his home was long. Reb Chaim Moshe had the feeling that he was taking business away from the other shochet, and sent his son to check how long the line was outside the other’s house. The boy came running back and reported that the line there was very small.
Immediately, Reb Chaim Moshe announced that he was no longer a slaughterer and sent everyone waiting away.