Rabbi Finkel from Mir would give Smicha as follows. He would randomnly take out one of the volumes of Shulchan Aruch (any section)and randomly open the page - and show it to the testee. He would then close the book and make the testee discuss the complete page - with all the commentaries on that page.

Are there any official accountings of this? Maybe some additional details on how this can be accomplished in Judaism? or how such a feat was achieved, practically?

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    Seems like Jews not Judaism to me... – רבות מחשבות Jul 30 '18 at 21:01
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    Are you asking whether the story is true? Whether it is a valid form of ordination? Both? Neither? – Alex Jul 30 '18 at 21:06
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    I don't understand what the words "in Judaism" add to your post. They seem very out of place. Also, I don't understand the "not about Judaism" closure votes. How is a question about rabbinical ordination not about Judaism??? – msh210 Jul 31 '18 at 5:48
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    You mean like a blanket? – Nic Jul 31 '18 at 13:09
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    @DanF "The expression to be "in" seems to be unique to the Mir" IR: Were you ever IN THE Bronx? – IsraelReader Dec 12 '18 at 16:51

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