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The Necessity of Primary Sources in Psak Halacha

Question: The Pischei Teshuva (Y.D. 242:8) suggests the possibility that nowadays - that we have commentaries on the Shulchan Aruch - to issue a hora'ah based solely on an understanding of the Shulchan Aruch and its commentaries is not a violation of "moreh mitoch mishnaso", as the commentaries explain the sevaros behind the laws in the Shulchan Aruch. However, the Aruch Hashulchan points out (ibid 36) that ...

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