Contemporary Jewish Issues

Stand-alone lectures that present a thorough analysis of some of the halachic, hashkafic and ethical issues that Jews face in the modern world.
Click here for a selection of lectures on specific Women’s Issues, here for Medical Ethics issues, here for a series of 3 shiurim relating to animals, and here for Israel-related issues.
  1. Overview – What is a Contemporary Jewish Issue?
  2. Halacha and the Internet – Part 2 – Copyright and VPNs
  3. Halacha and the Internet – Part 1 – Downloading Music and Theft
  4. Halacha in Extreme Places – Part 3 – Space
  5. Halacha in Extreme Places – Part 2 – Polar Regions
  6. Halacha in Extreme Places – Part 1 – The International Date Line (2019)
  7. Brit Milah – Part 3 – The Controversy over Metzitza
  8. Brit Milah – Part 2 – Brit on Shabbat – Unusual Cases
  9. Brit Milah – Part 1 – Use of Anesthetics
  10. Torah and Chochma (2019 series) – Part 3
  11. Torah and Chochma (2019 series) – Part 2
  12. Torah and Chochma (2019 series) – Part 1
  13. Literal and Non-Literal Readings of Tanach – Part 2
  14. Literal and Non-Literal Readings of Tanach – Part 1
  15. Torah and the Age of the Universe
  16. Having a Secular Name
  17. Pesukim Engraved on Jewelry
  18. Yizkor
  19. The Implications of the Majority of Jews Living in Israel
  20. Dealing With Difficult Hashkafic Issues
  21. The Reestablishment of the Sanhedrin – Part 1
  22. The Reestablishment of the Sanhedrin – Part 2
  23. Tevilat Kelim and Modern Technology – Part 1 – Modern Materials
  24. Tevilat Kelim and Modern Technology – Part 2 – Disposables
  25. Tevilat Kelim and Modern Technology – Part 3 – Electrical Equipment
  26. Ayin Hara – Part 1
  27. Ayin Hara – Part 2
  28. Vaccination in Halacha and Hashkafa – Part 1
  29. Vaccination in Halacha and Hashkafa – Part 2
  30. Torah and the Age of the Universe
  31. Handwashing and Ruach Ra’ah
  32. Destroying Amalek
  33. Vegetarian Cheese
  34. Shabbat and Medication
  35. Shabbat and Umbrellas
  36. Gel Caps and Gelatin
  37. Wine and Non-Observant Jews
  38. Leap Year Issues
  39. The Missing 168 Years (2019 Version) – Part 1
  40. The Missing 168 Years (2019 Version) – Part 2
  41. Trees, Grafting and Interspecies
  42. Egalitarian Weddings
  43. Learning Halacha From Midrash
  44. Is There A Psak In Hashkafa?
  45. What is Hashkafa and Where Does It Come From?
  46. Ktav Ivri and Ktav Ashuri
  47. Kever Rachel
  48. Archeology – Part 2
  49. Archeology – Part 1 Overview
  50. Davening At Kivrei Avot
  51. Davening Through Melachim
  52. Segulot
  53. The Case of the Poisoned Sandwich
  54. The Accidental Heretic
  55. Contemporary Yichud Issues
  56. Mechitza – Part 1
  57. Mechitza – Part 2
  58. Shaving – Part 1
  59. Shaving – Part 2
  60. The Early Shabbat
  61. The Late Shabbat
  62. The 10 Commandments
  63. Driverless Cars Driverless Cars
  64. Climate Change & Environmentalism Solstice Surprises
  65. Solstice Surprises: Christmas, 9th Tevet and Nittel Nacht Solstice Surprises
  66. Thanksgiving & Chukat HaGoy Thanksgiving and Chukat HaGoy
  67. Bat Mitzvah
  68. Women Rabbis
  69. Copyright Infringement
  70. Art, Beauty & Idolatry
  71. Entering Churches & Mosques – Part 1
  72. Entering Churches & Mosques – Part 2
  73. Religious Perspectives on Non-Observant Jews
  74. The International Date Line (revised 2016)
  75. Mezonot Bread
  76. Science & Chazal – Part 1 (Updated 2018) Science & Chazal – Part 2 (Updated 2018)
  77. Rainbows in Jewish Thought
  78. Torah and Secular Studies
    a) Torah and Derech Eretz
    b) Torah and Secular Studies
  79. Tattoos & Body Piercing
  80. Gambling – The Jewish View
  81. Torah & The Age of The Universe
  82. Women & Talmud Torah
  83. What Do the Poskim Say About Poskot?
    (Click here for more Women’s Issues)
  84. What is Hashkafa?
  85. Democracy in Halacha and Hashkafa?
  86. Life After Life: Olam Haba, Mashiach and Resurrection
    – see Other Topics for more on this issue
  87. Astrology, Superstition and the Occult
  88. Disgraced Rabbis – 2 Shiurim:
    Part 1: Part 2:
  89. Lifnei Iver Issues – 2 Shiurim:
    Part 1: Part 2:
  90. Transgender and Gender Reassignment (2018 Updated Version)
  91. War & Self Defence Against Terrorists (2015)
    – longer version and shorter version
  92. Challenging Jewish Issues on Campus
  93. Wearing Techelet – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  94. Cohanim in Hospitals and as Doctors
  95. Cohanim and Airplanes – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  96. Tuma & Tahara – Washing on Dipped Foods
  97. Music and Sefira – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  98. Kol Isha – Contemporary Perspectives
  99. Shabbat and Electricity – General Principles
  100. Shabbat and Electricity – Microphones and Shabbat
  101. Shabbat and Electricity – Electronic Mitzvot, Hearing Aids and Shabbat
  102. Hand Shaking and Seat Switching
  103. Mixed Seating At Weddings
Want more? Click here for Rabbi Manning’s shiurim on various other contemporary topics, including Mashiach, Shmitta, Yerushalayim, Tefilla, Ahavat Hashem, Mesorah, Chumash, Torah and Science, and Torah and Art.