I am delving into the concept of the rabbinical authority based on the following pasuk
"If a case is too baffling for you to decide, be it a controversy over homicide, civil law, or assault—matters of dispute in your courts—you shall promptly repair to the place that the L-RD your G-d will have chosen" [...] You shall act in accordance with the instructions given you and the ruling handed down to you; you must not deviate from the verdict that they announce to you either to the right or to the left.
Based on this, I have the following question:
- The Torah states "If a case is too baffling for you to decide", does this means that you'll need to take a decision by yourself first, and then, when you do not know how to handle, "go to the place that the L-RD your G-d will have chosen"? This seems to be what Rav Moshe Feinstein zt"l did, he wrote only a responsa after he delved with great effort in a particular halacha (refer to his Hakdama on Igros Moshe, Chelek a).