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. Conjoined Twins
  3. Multifetal Reducations
  4. Halachic Wills – Part 2
  5. Halachic Wills – Part 1
  6. Oral Torah – Is the Halacha From Sinai Why Should I Keep It?
  7. Written Torah – How Was the Chumash Written and Why Is That Important Today?
  8. Porch and Street Minyanim Part 2 and Zoom Kaddish
  9. Porch and Street Minyanim – Part 1
  10. Halacha and the Internet – Part 2 – Copyright and VPNs
  11. Halacha and the Internet – Part 1 – Downloading Music and Theft
  12. Halacha in Extreme Places – Part 3 – Space
  13. Halacha in Extreme Places – Part 2 – Polar Regions
  14. Halacha in Extreme Places – Part 1 – The International Date Line (2019)
  15. Brit Milah – Part 3 – The Controversy over Metzitza
  16. Brit Milah – Part 2 – Brit on Shabbat – Unusual Cases
  17. Brit Milah – Part 1 – Use of Anesthetics
  18. Torah and Chochma (2019 series) – Part 3
  19. Torah and Chochma (2019 series) – Part 2
  20. Torah and Chochma (2019 series) – Part 1
  21. Literal and Non-Literal Readings of Tanach – Part 2
  22. Literal and Non-Literal Readings of Tanach – Part 1
  23. Torah and the Age of the Universe
  24. Having a Secular Name
  25. Pesukim Engraved on Jewelry
  26. Yizkor
  27. The Implications of the Majority of Jews Living in Israel
  28. Dealing With Difficult Hashkafic Issues
  29. The Reestablishment of the Sanhedrin – Part 1
  30. The Reestablishment of the Sanhedrin – Part 2
  31. Tevilat Kelim and Modern Technology – Part 1 – Modern Materials
  32. Tevilat Kelim and Modern Technology – Part 2 – Disposables
  33. Tevilat Kelim and Modern Technology – Part 3 – Electrical Equipment
  34. Ayin Hara – Part 1
  35. Ayin Hara – Part 2
  36. Vaccination in Halacha and Hashkafa – Part 1
  37. Vaccination in Halacha and Hashkafa – Part 2
  38. Torah and the Age of the Universe
  39. Handwashing and Ruach Ra’ah
  40. Destroying Amalek
  41. Vegetarian Cheese
  42. Shabbat and Medication
  43. Shabbat and Umbrellas
  44. Gel Caps and Gelatin
  45. Wine and Non-Observant Jews
  46. Leap Year Issues
  47. The Missing 168 Years (2019 Version) – Part 1
  48. The Missing 168 Years (2019 Version) – Part 2
  49. Trees, Grafting and Interspecies
  50. Egalitarian Weddings
  51. Learning Halacha From Midrash
  52. Is There A Psak In Hashkafa?
  53. What is Hashkafa and Where Does It Come From?
  54. Ktav Ivri and Ktav Ashuri
  55. Kever Rachel
  56. Archeology – Part 2
  57. Archeology – Part 1 Overview
  58. Davening At Kivrei Avot
  59. Davening Through Melachim
  60. Segulot
  61. The Case of the Poisoned Sandwich
  62. The Accidental Heretic
  63. Contemporary Yichud Issues
  64. Mechitza – Part 1
  65. Mechitza – Part 2
  66. Shaving – Part 1
  67. Shaving – Part 2
  68. The Early Shabbat
  69. The Late Shabbat
  70. The 10 Commandments
  71. Driverless Cars Driverless Cars
  72. Climate Change & Environmentalism Solstice Surprises
  73. Solstice Surprises: Christmas, 9th Tevet and Nittel Nacht Solstice Surprises
  74. Thanksgiving & Chukat HaGoy Thanksgiving and Chukat HaGoy
  75. Bat Mitzvah
  76. Women Rabbis
  77. Copyright Infringement
  78. Art, Beauty & Idolatry
  79. Entering Churches & Mosques – Part 1
  80. Entering Churches & Mosques – Part 2
  81. Religious Perspectives on Non-Observant Jews
  82. The International Date Line (revised 2016)
  83. Mezonot Bread
  84. Science & Chazal – Part 1 (Updated 2018) Science & Chazal – Part 2 (Updated 2018)
  85. Rainbows in Jewish Thought
  86. Torah and Secular Studies
    a) Torah and Derech Eretz
    b) Torah and Secular Studies
  87. Tattoos & Body Piercing
  88. Gambling – The Jewish View
  89. Torah & The Age of The Universe
  90. Women & Talmud Torah
  91. What Do the Poskim Say About Poskot?
    (Click here for more Women’s Issues)
  92. What is Hashkafa?
  93. Democracy in Halacha and Hashkafa?
  94. Life After Life: Olam Haba, Mashiach and Resurrection
    – see Other Topics for more on this issue
  95. Astrology, Superstition and the Occult
  96. Disgraced Rabbis – 2 Shiurim:
    Part 1: Part 2:
  97. Lifnei Iver Issues – 2 Shiurim:
    Part 1: Part 2:
  98. Transgender and Gender Reassignment (2018 Updated Version)
  99. War & Self Defence Against Terrorists (2015)
    – longer version and shorter version
  100. Challenging Jewish Issues on Campus
  101. Wearing Techelet – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  102. Cohanim in Hospitals and as Doctors
  103. Cohanim and Airplanes – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  104. Tuma & Tahara – Washing on Dipped Foods
  105. Music and Sefira – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  106. Kol Isha – Contemporary Perspectives
  107. Shabbat and Electricity – General Principles
  108. Shabbat and Electricity – Microphones and Shabbat
  109. Shabbat and Electricity – Electronic Mitzvot, Hearing Aids and Shabbat
  110. Hand Shaking and Seat Switching
  111. 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.