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. Davening At Kivrei Avot
  3. Davening Through Melachim
  4. Segulot
  5. The Case of the Poisoned Sandwich
  6. The Accidental Heretic
  7. Contemporary Yichud Issues
  8. Mechitza – Part 1
  9. Mechitza – Part 2
  10. Shaving – Part 1
  11. Shaving – Part 2
  12. The Early Shabbat
  13. The Late Shabbat
  14. The 10 Commandments
  15. Driverless Cars Driverless Cars
  16. Climate Change & Environmentalism Solstice Surprises
  17. Solstice Surprises: Christmas, 9th Tevet and Nittel Nacht Solstice Surprises
  18. Thanksgiving & Chukat HaGoy Thanksgiving and Chukat HaGoy
  19. Bat Mitzvah
  20. Women Rabbis
  21. Copyright Infringement
  22. Art, Beauty & Idolatry
  23. Entering Churches & Mosques – Part 1
  24. Entering Churches & Mosques – Part 2
  25. Religious Perspectives on Non-Observant Jews
  26. The International Date Line (revised 2016)
  27. Mezonot Bread
  28. Science & Chazal – Part 1 (Updated 2018) Science & Chazal – Part 2 (Updated 2018)
  29. Rainbows in Jewish Thought
  30. Torah and Secular Studies
    a) Torah and Derech Eretz
    b) Torah and Secular Studies
  31. Tattoos & Body Piercing
  32. Gambling – The Jewish View
  33. Torah & The Age of The Universe
  34. Women & Talmud Torah
  35. What Do the Poskim Say About Poskot?
    (Click here for more Women’s Issues)
  36. What is Hashkafa?
  37. Democracy in Halacha and Hashkafa?
  38. Life After Life: Olam Haba, Mashiach and Resurrection
    – see Other Topics for more on this issue
  39. Astrology, Superstition and the Occult
  40. Disgraced Rabbis – 2 Shiurim:
    Part 1: Part 2:
  41. Lifnei Iver Issues – 2 Shiurim:
    Part 1: Part 2:
  42. Transgender and Gender Reassignment (2018 Updated Version)
  43. War & Self Defence Against Terrorists (2015)
    – longer version and shorter version
  44. Challenging Jewish Issues on Campus
  45. Wearing Techelet – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  46. Cohanim in Hospitals and as Doctors
  47. Cohanim and Airplanes – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  48. Tuma & Tahara – Washing on Dipped Foods
  49. Music and Sefira – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  50. Kol Isha – Contemporary Perspectives
  51. Shabbat and Electricity – General Principles
  52. Shabbat and Electricity – Microphones and Shabbat
  53. Shabbat and Electricity – Electronic Mitzvot, Hearing Aids and Shabbat
  54. Hand Shaking and Seat Switching
  55. 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.