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. Art, Aesthetics and Idolatry (2022) – Part 1
  3. Art, Aesthetics and Idolatry (2022) – Part 2
  4. Art, Aesthetics and Idolatry (2022) – Part 3
  5. Mixed Seating at Weddings (2022)
  6. Dancing and Clapping on Shabbat and Yom Tov
  7. Showering on Yom Tov
  8. Conversion – Part 3 – Mila, Tevila, Korban & Mitzvot
  9. Conversion – Part 2 – Jews & Non-Jews
  10. Conversion – Part 1 – Hashkafic Foundations
  11. Saving Klal Yisrael and the Honey Trap
  12. Halacha and Kabbala – Part 2
  13. Halacha and Kabbala – Part 1
  14. Chadash & Chutz LeAretz
  15. Emuna and Belief – Part 2
  16. Emuna and Belief – Part 1
  17. The Wording of Bircot HaMitzva
  18. Chocolate Raisins & Berachot
  19. The Beracha on the COVID Vaccine
  20. Burial, Dissection and Autopsy – Part 2
  21. Burial, Dissection and Autopsy – Part 1
  22. Pilegesh – Part 2
  23. Pilegesh – Part 1
  24. Brit Avot and Brit Sinai – Living as An Avot Jew
  25. Did The Avot Keep the Torah?
  26. Non-Jews and Mitzvot – Part 2 – Lifnei Iver
  27. Non-Jews and Mitzvot – Part 1 – Noahides
  28. Torah and Evolution – Part 2
  29. Torah and Evolution – Part 1
  30. Torah From Heaven
  31. The Last 8 Verses in the Torah
  32. Conjoined Twins
  33. Multifetal Reducations
  34. Halachic Wills – Part 2
  35. Halachic Wills – Part 1
  36. Oral Torah – Is the Halacha From Sinai Why Should I Keep It?
  37. Written Torah – How Was the Chumash Written and Why Is That Important Today?
  38. Porch and Street Minyanim Part 2 and Zoom Kaddish
  39. Porch and Street Minyanim – Part 1
  40. Halacha and the Internet – Part 2 – Copyright and VPNs
  41. Halacha and the Internet – Part 1 – Downloading Music and Theft
  42. Halacha in Extreme Places – Part 3 – Space
  43. Halacha in Extreme Places – Part 2 – Polar Regions
  44. Halacha in Extreme Places – Part 1 – The International Date Line (2019)
  45. Brit Milah – Part 3 – The Controversy over Metzitza
  46. Brit Milah – Part 2 – Brit on Shabbat – Unusual Cases
  47. Brit Milah – Part 1 – Use of Anesthetics
  48. Torah and Chochma (2019 series) – Part 3
  49. Torah and Chochma (2019 series) – Part 2
  50. Torah and Chochma (2019 series) – Part 1
  51. Literal and Non-Literal Readings of Tanach – Part 2
  52. Literal and Non-Literal Readings of Tanach – Part 1
  53. Torah and the Age of the Universe
  54. Having a Secular Name
  55. Pesukim Engraved on Jewelry
  56. Yizkor
  57. The Implications of the Majority of Jews Living in Israel
  58. Dealing With Difficult Hashkafic Issues
  59. The Reestablishment of the Sanhedrin – Part 1
  60. The Reestablishment of the Sanhedrin – Part 2
  61. Tevilat Kelim and Modern Technology – Part 1 – Modern Materials
  62. Tevilat Kelim and Modern Technology – Part 2 – Disposables
  63. Tevilat Kelim and Modern Technology – Part 3 – Electrical Equipment
  64. Ayin Hara – Part 1
  65. Ayin Hara – Part 2
  66. Vaccination in Halacha and Hashkafa – Part 1
  67. Vaccination in Halacha and Hashkafa – Part 2
  68. Torah and the Age of the Universe
  69. Handwashing and Ruach Ra’ah
  70. Destroying Amalek
  71. Vegetarian Cheese
  72. Shabbat and Medication
  73. Shabbat and Umbrellas
  74. Gel Caps and Gelatin
  75. Wine and Non-Observant Jews
  76. Leap Year Issues
  77. The Missing 168 Years (2019 Version) – Part 1
  78. The Missing 168 Years (2019 Version) – Part 2
  79. Trees, Grafting and Interspecies
  80. Egalitarian Weddings
  81. Learning Halacha From Midrash
  82. Is There A Psak In Hashkafa?
  83. What is Hashkafa and Where Does It Come From?
  84. Ktav Ivri and Ktav Ashuri
  85. Kever Rachel
  86. Archeology – Part 2
  87. Archeology – Part 1 Overview
  88. Davening At Kivrei Avot
  89. Davening Through Melachim
  90. Segulot
  91. The Case of the Poisoned Sandwich
  92. The Accidental Heretic
  93. Contemporary Yichud Issues
  94. Mechitza – Part 1
  95. Mechitza – Part 2
  96. Shaving – Part 1
  97. Shaving – Part 2
  98. The Early Shabbat
  99. The Late Shabbat
  100. The 10 Commandments
  101. Driverless Cars Driverless Cars
  102. Climate Change & Environmentalism Solstice Surprises
  103. Solstice Surprises: Christmas, 9th Tevet and Nittel Nacht Solstice Surprises
  104. Thanksgiving & Chukat HaGoy Thanksgiving and Chukat HaGoy
  105. Bat Mitzvah
  106. Women Rabbis
  107. Copyright Infringement
  108. Art, Beauty & Idolatry
  109. Entering Churches & Mosques – Part 1
  110. Entering Churches & Mosques – Part 2
  111. Religious Perspectives on Non-Observant Jews
  112. The International Date Line (revised 2016)
  113. Mezonot Bread
  114. Science & Chazal – Part 1 (Updated 2018) Science & Chazal – Part 2 (Updated 2018)
  115. Rainbows in Jewish Thought
  116. Torah and Secular Studies
    a) Torah and Derech Eretz
    b) Torah and Secular Studies
  117. Tattoos & Body Piercing
  118. Gambling – The Jewish View
  119. Torah & The Age of The Universe
  120. Women & Talmud Torah
  121. What Do the Poskim Say About Poskot?
    (Click here for more Women’s Issues)
  122. What is Hashkafa?
  123. Democracy in Halacha and Hashkafa?
  124. Life After Life: Olam Haba, Mashiach and Resurrection
    – see Other Topics for more on this issue
  125. Astrology, Superstition and the Occult
  126. Disgraced Rabbis – 2 Shiurim:
    Part 1: Part 2:
  127. Lifnei Iver Issues – 2 Shiurim:
    Part 1: Part 2:
  128. Transgender and Gender Reassignment (2018 Updated Version)
  129. War & Self Defence Against Terrorists (2015)
    – longer version and shorter version
  130. Challenging Jewish Issues on Campus
  131. Wearing Techelet – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  132. Cohanim in Hospitals and as Doctors
  133. Cohanim and Airplanes – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  134. Tuma & Tahara – Washing on Dipped Foods
  135. Music and Sefira – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  136. Kol Isha – Contemporary Perspectives
  137. Shabbat and Electricity – General Principles
  138. Shabbat and Electricity – Microphones and Shabbat
  139. Shabbat and Electricity – Electronic Mitzvot, Hearing Aids and Shabbat
  140. Hand Shaking and Seat Switching
  141. 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.