If one looks into the Geonic codes and teshuvoth, they will find a simpler Judaism which is close to the Gemara. Every area of halakha is simpler and presents itself as functioning within human approximation to a high degree.
Everything from sh'hitta to basar b'halav to the nosah for tefiloth has gotten increasingly more difficult and complex over the centuries since those early times. More principles of p'siqa and halakhic reasoning have been added to what was communicated by Hazal. And all of this is in addition to the elevation to the level of law the various customs of Jewish locales throughout the world.
If one looks into the teshuvoth of the Geonim or the Ri"f, one will find that the grand majority of teshuvoth dealt with questions of marriage, divorce, inheritance, dine mamonoth, etc. More complex questions of Hilkhoth Shabath or Tefilath HaSsibur were also addressed, but the daily avoda of Jewish life was understood more-or-less simply and even the simplest Jew with a modest Tora education was trusted to make decisions in his daily life with regard to kashruth, berakhoth, tefila, and other areas of "Orah Hayim." In our current times, however, one can look into the Mishna B'rura and get practically nowhere.
It seems that all of this development has only served to alienate Jews and increase the gap between the "learned" and the "simple" - making halakha an exercise in constantly asking the "priestly class" of those trained in yeshivoth for nearly every point of Jewish law.
I do not intend IN ANY WAY fatally criticize Judaism. I only mean to ask an honest question about the state of Judaism today. I also do not intend to belittle the need for Tora study or to approach complex areas of law (such as financial law, marriage and divorce, etc.) with undue simplicity. Rather, I am wondering what we gain through making constant additions.
My question is: Is there ever a place for Judaism to undergo a [halakhic] reform?