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. Egalitarian Weddings
  3. Learning Halacha From Midrash
  4. Is There A Psak In Hashkafa?
  5. What is Hashkafa and Where Does It Come From?
  6. Ktav Ivri and Ktav Ashuri
  7. Kever Rachel
  8. Archeology – Part 2
  9. Archeology – Part 1 Overview
  10. Davening At Kivrei Avot
  11. Davening Through Melachim
  12. Segulot
  13. The Case of the Poisoned Sandwich
  14. The Accidental Heretic
  15. Contemporary Yichud Issues
  16. Mechitza – Part 1
  17. Mechitza – Part 2
  18. Shaving – Part 1
  19. Shaving – Part 2
  20. The Early Shabbat
  21. The Late Shabbat
  22. The 10 Commandments
  23. Driverless Cars Driverless Cars
  24. Climate Change & Environmentalism Solstice Surprises
  25. Solstice Surprises: Christmas, 9th Tevet and Nittel Nacht Solstice Surprises
  26. Thanksgiving & Chukat HaGoy Thanksgiving and Chukat HaGoy
  27. Bat Mitzvah
  28. Women Rabbis
  29. Copyright Infringement
  30. Art, Beauty & Idolatry
  31. Entering Churches & Mosques – Part 1
  32. Entering Churches & Mosques – Part 2
  33. Religious Perspectives on Non-Observant Jews
  34. The International Date Line (revised 2016)
  35. Mezonot Bread
  36. Science & Chazal – Part 1 (Updated 2018) Science & Chazal – Part 2 (Updated 2018)
  37. Rainbows in Jewish Thought
  38. Torah and Secular Studies
    a) Torah and Derech Eretz
    b) Torah and Secular Studies
  39. Tattoos & Body Piercing
  40. Gambling – The Jewish View
  41. Torah & The Age of The Universe
  42. Women & Talmud Torah
  43. What Do the Poskim Say About Poskot?
    (Click here for more Women’s Issues)
  44. What is Hashkafa?
  45. Democracy in Halacha and Hashkafa?
  46. Life After Life: Olam Haba, Mashiach and Resurrection
    – see Other Topics for more on this issue
  47. Astrology, Superstition and the Occult
  48. Disgraced Rabbis – 2 Shiurim:
    Part 1: Part 2:
  49. Lifnei Iver Issues – 2 Shiurim:
    Part 1: Part 2:
  50. Transgender and Gender Reassignment (2018 Updated Version)
  51. War & Self Defence Against Terrorists (2015)
    – longer version and shorter version
  52. Challenging Jewish Issues on Campus
  53. Wearing Techelet – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  54. Cohanim in Hospitals and as Doctors
  55. Cohanim and Airplanes – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  56. Tuma & Tahara – Washing on Dipped Foods
  57. Music and Sefira – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  58. Kol Isha – Contemporary Perspectives
  59. Shabbat and Electricity – General Principles
  60. Shabbat and Electricity – Microphones and Shabbat
  61. Shabbat and Electricity – Electronic Mitzvot, Hearing Aids and Shabbat
  62. Hand Shaking and Seat Switching
  63. 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.