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. Calendar Conundrums – Part 4: The Parasha Split
  3. Calendar Conundrums – Part 3: Tal U’Matar on Dec 4
  4. Calendar Conundrums – Part 2: Using the Secular Calendar
  5. Calendar Conundrums – Part 1: Foundations
  6. Art, Aesthetics and Idolatry (2022) – Part 1
  7. Art, Aesthetics and Idolatry (2022) – Part 2
  8. Art, Aesthetics and Idolatry (2022) – Part 3
  9. Mixed Seating at Weddings (2022)
  10. Dancing and Clapping on Shabbat and Yom Tov
  11. Showering on Yom Tov
  12. Conversion – Part 3 – Mila, Tevila, Korban & Mitzvot
  13. Conversion – Part 2 – Jews & Non-Jews
  14. Conversion – Part 1 – Hashkafic Foundations
  15. Saving Klal Yisrael and the Honey Trap
  16. Halacha and Kabbala – Part 2
  17. Halacha and Kabbala – Part 1
  18. Chadash & Chutz LeAretz
  19. Emuna and Belief – Part 2
  20. Emuna and Belief – Part 1
  21. The Wording of Bircot HaMitzva
  22. Chocolate Raisins & Berachot
  23. The Beracha on the COVID Vaccine
  24. Burial, Dissection and Autopsy – Part 2
  25. Burial, Dissection and Autopsy – Part 1
  26. Pilegesh – Part 2
  27. Pilegesh – Part 1
  28. Brit Avot and Brit Sinai – Living as An Avot Jew
  29. Did The Avot Keep the Torah?
  30. Non-Jews and Mitzvot – Part 2 – Lifnei Iver
  31. Non-Jews and Mitzvot – Part 1 – Noahides
  32. Torah and Evolution – Part 2
  33. Torah and Evolution – Part 1
  34. Torah From Heaven
  35. The Last 8 Verses in the Torah
  36. Conjoined Twins
  37. Multifetal Reducations
  38. Halachic Wills – Part 2
  39. Halachic Wills – Part 1
  40. Oral Torah – Is the Halacha From Sinai Why Should I Keep It?
  41. Written Torah – How Was the Chumash Written and Why Is That Important Today?
  42. Porch and Street Minyanim Part 2 and Zoom Kaddish
  43. Porch and Street Minyanim – Part 1
  44. Halacha and the Internet – Part 2 – Copyright and VPNs
  45. Halacha and the Internet – Part 1 – Downloading Music and Theft
  46. Halacha in Extreme Places – Part 3 – Space
  47. Halacha in Extreme Places – Part 2 – Polar Regions
  48. Halacha in Extreme Places – Part 1 – The International Date Line (2019)
  49. Brit Milah – Part 3 – The Controversy over Metzitza
  50. Brit Milah – Part 2 – Brit on Shabbat – Unusual Cases
  51. Brit Milah – Part 1 – Use of Anesthetics
  52. Torah and Chochma (2019 series) – Part 3
  53. Torah and Chochma (2019 series) – Part 2
  54. Torah and Chochma (2019 series) – Part 1
  55. Literal and Non-Literal Readings of Tanach – Part 2
  56. Literal and Non-Literal Readings of Tanach – Part 1
  57. Torah and the Age of the Universe
  58. Having a Secular Name
  59. Pesukim Engraved on Jewelry
  60. Yizkor
  61. The Implications of the Majority of Jews Living in Israel
  62. Dealing With Difficult Hashkafic Issues
  63. The Reestablishment of the Sanhedrin – Part 1
  64. The Reestablishment of the Sanhedrin – Part 2
  65. Tevilat Kelim and Modern Technology – Part 1 – Modern Materials
  66. Tevilat Kelim and Modern Technology – Part 2 – Disposables
  67. Tevilat Kelim and Modern Technology – Part 3 – Electrical Equipment
  68. Ayin Hara – Part 1
  69. Ayin Hara – Part 2
  70. Vaccination in Halacha and Hashkafa – Part 1
  71. Vaccination in Halacha and Hashkafa – Part 2
  72. Torah and the Age of the Universe
  73. Handwashing and Ruach Ra’ah
  74. Destroying Amalek
  75. Vegetarian Cheese
  76. Shabbat and Medication
  77. Shabbat and Umbrellas
  78. Gel Caps and Gelatin
  79. Wine and Non-Observant Jews
  80. Leap Year Issues
  81. The Missing 168 Years (2019 Version) – Part 1
  82. The Missing 168 Years (2019 Version) – Part 2
  83. Trees, Grafting and Interspecies
  84. Egalitarian Weddings
  85. Learning Halacha From Midrash
  86. Is There A Psak In Hashkafa?
  87. What is Hashkafa and Where Does It Come From?
  88. Ktav Ivri and Ktav Ashuri
  89. Kever Rachel
  90. Archeology – Part 2
  91. Archeology – Part 1 Overview
  92. Davening At Kivrei Avot
  93. Davening Through Melachim
  94. Segulot
  95. The Case of the Poisoned Sandwich
  96. The Accidental Heretic
  97. Contemporary Yichud Issues
  98. Mechitza – Part 1
  99. Mechitza – Part 2
  100. Shaving – Part 1
  101. Shaving – Part 2
  102. The Early Shabbat
  103. The Late Shabbat
  104. The 10 Commandments
  105. Driverless Cars Driverless Cars
  106. Climate Change & Environmentalism Solstice Surprises
  107. Solstice Surprises: Christmas, 9th Tevet and Nittel Nacht Solstice Surprises
  108. Thanksgiving & Chukat HaGoy Thanksgiving and Chukat HaGoy
  109. Bat Mitzvah
  110. Women Rabbis
  111. Copyright Infringement
  112. Art, Beauty & Idolatry
  113. Entering Churches & Mosques – Part 1
  114. Entering Churches & Mosques – Part 2
  115. Religious Perspectives on Non-Observant Jews
  116. The International Date Line (revised 2016)
  117. Mezonot Bread
  118. Science & Chazal – Part 1 (Updated 2018) Science & Chazal – Part 2 (Updated 2018)
  119. Rainbows in Jewish Thought
  120. Torah and Secular Studies
    a) Torah and Derech Eretz
    b) Torah and Secular Studies
  121. Tattoos & Body Piercing
  122. Gambling – The Jewish View
  123. Torah & The Age of The Universe
  124. Women & Talmud Torah
  125. What Do the Poskim Say About Poskot?
    (Click here for more Women’s Issues)
  126. What is Hashkafa?
  127. Democracy in Halacha and Hashkafa?
  128. Life After Life: Olam Haba, Mashiach and Resurrection
    – see Other Topics for more on this issue
  129. Astrology, Superstition and the Occult
  130. Disgraced Rabbis – 2 Shiurim:
    Part 1: Part 2:
  131. Lifnei Iver Issues – 2 Shiurim:
    Part 1: Part 2:
  132. Transgender and Gender Reassignment (2018 Updated Version)
  133. War & Self Defence Against Terrorists (2015)
    – longer version and shorter version
  134. Challenging Jewish Issues on Campus
  135. Wearing Techelet – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  136. Cohanim in Hospitals and as Doctors
  137. Cohanim and Airplanes – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  138. Tuma & Tahara – Washing on Dipped Foods
  139. Music and Sefira – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  140. Kol Isha – Contemporary Perspectives
  141. Shabbat and Electricity – General Principles
  142. Shabbat and Electricity – Microphones and Shabbat
  143. Shabbat and Electricity – Electronic Mitzvot, Hearing Aids and Shabbat
  144. Hand Shaking and Seat Switching
  145. 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.