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June 3, 2011
Often I am faced with situations that demand a decision and I am unclear about the halachic determinations and unable to ask a Rabbi. For example: Walking, last Shabbos, I saw an objection the road that was muktza but that was surely a danger to on-coming traffic. Should I move it or not? -- I felt my own ignorance to be reprehensible but I am not a scholar, on a trying Jew: what is one to do in such a situation? Is there a clear and substantial route for the lay-person who cares to understand the hierarchy that is demanded by Halacha?
I remember I once read that the Rav ztz"l said that we are not nearly anxious enough about adhering to Halacha. Clearly, the anxiety is not enough, not without precision and encyclopediac availability of the structure and details of Halacha. What does an individual who is anxious about Halacha but limited in an apprehension of it to do? Not everyone can be a scholar.