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Was the original process of semicha merely intended to provide reliable decisors of halacha only?

Nowadays can a Rav get semicha in Tanach or Talmud (for example)? Since, perhaps, these days the title 'Rabbi' is more symbolic of status, why wouldn't this be the case?

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    There is again no such thing as semichah to give a psak. Anyone can do it without semicha as long as he knows the subject. For certain things semicha was necessary in the olden times non of which I think apply today. The reason for semicha is only because one is not allowed to give a psak where one rebbi lives and some say even further afield. The semicha gives one permission for this. – user2800 May 17 '13 at 4:19
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Smiche is needed to write anything about Yore Dea (specifically Kashrus). I heard that was actually one of the reasons the Chofetz Chaim never wrote about it. Also to be a Rov means that people can ask you about practical details, something a Maggid Shiur won't answer (I saw it quite often actually that important Roshei Yeshive never answered Haloche)

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    user2721, are you enamored with that number? :) Also, there are other many subjects in Yoreh De'ah that are complex; why would Kashruth be the one that requires Semichah? Do you have a source for the C"C story? I can also think of other reasons why Roshei Yeshivah might be hesitant to answer practical questions of Halachah. – Seth J May 17 '13 at 14:55
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    An interesting idea but without any source it sounds more like an urban legend. – Yirmeyahu May 17 '13 at 15:22
  • If i remember correctly I heart the C'C part from Rabbi Braun, the Menahel of Ohr Somayach in Monsey. – jekishboy May 21 '13 at 11:04
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    Did Rav Elyashiv ztzl never pasken on kashrus? – yoel Oct 14 '13 at 19:27

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