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. Driverless Cars Driverless Cars
  3. Climate Change & Environmentalism Solstice Surprises
  4. Solstice Surprises: Christmas, 9th Tevet and Nittel Nacht Solstice Surprises
  5. Thanksgiving & Chukat HaGoy Thanksgiving and Chukat HaGoy
  6. Bat Mitzvah
  7. Women Rabbis
  8. Copyright Infringement
  9. Art, Beauty & Idolatry
  10. Entering Churches & Mosques – Part 1
  11. Entering Churches & Mosques – Part 2
  12. Religious Perspectives on Non-Observant Jews
  13. The International Date Line (revised 2016)
  14. Mezonot Bread
  15. Science & Chazal – Part 1 (Updated 2018) Science & Chazal – Part 2 (Updated 2018)
  16. Rainbows in Jewish Thought
  17. Torah and Secular Studies
    a) Torah and Derech Eretz
    b) Torah and Secular Studies
  18. Tattoos & Body Piercing
  19. Gambling – The Jewish View
  20. Torah & The Age of The Universe
  21. Women & Talmud Torah
  22. What Do the Poskim Say About Poskot?
    (Click here for more Women’s Issues)
  23. What is Hashkafa?
  24. Democracy in Halacha and Hashkafa?
  25. Life After Life: Olam Haba, Mashiach and Resurrection
    – see Other Topics for more on this issue
  26. Astrology, Superstition and the Occult
  27. Disgraced Rabbis – 2 Shiurim:
    Part 1: Part 2:
  28. Lifnei Iver Issues – 2 Shiurim:
    Part 1: Part 2:
  29. Transgender and Gender Reassignment
  30. War & Self Defence Against Terrorists (2015)
    – longer version and shorter version
  31. Challenging Jewish Issues on Campus
  32. Wearing Techelet – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  33. Cohanim in Hospitals and as Doctors
  34. Cohanim and Airplanes – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  35. Tuma & Tahara – Washing on Dipped Foods
  36. Music and Sefira – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  37. Kol Isha – Contemporary Perspectives
  38. Shabbat and Electricity – General Principles
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.