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When a person goes through smicha (in order to become a Rabbi) they learn (at least) the laws of kashrus. Depending on the program this can include more or less amounts of information (more or less amounts of commentaries). My question is: paskening requires more than actually holding the correct range of information in your head, it involves application of that information, very often to a situation where there are conflicting valid opinions. How does one go about learning how to do THAT? And... has anyone seen any literature on this topic?

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See how others do it. – Double AA Jul 21 '13 at 14:39
Very similar to judaism.stackexchange.com/q/1098 and judaism.stackexchange.com/q/6979. – msh210 Jul 21 '13 at 15:00
Shimush is needed to paskin – sam Jul 21 '13 at 16:00
Example how to Pasken-if the Shulhan Aruch writes that an item that is Mukse Mishum Keli Shemalchtu Leisur is Mutar to move Lesorech Gufo Umkomo a way to Pasken would be to say that it is Mutar to use hammer to break open a nut. – Hacham Gabriel Jul 21 '13 at 20:08

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