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. Ayin Hara – Part 1
  3. Ayin Hara – Part 2
  4. Vaccination in Halacha and Hashkafa – Part 1
  5. Vaccination in Halacha and Hashkafa – Part 2
  6. Torah and the Age of the Universe
  7. Handwashing and Ruach Ra’ah
  8. Destroying Amalek
  9. Vegetarian Cheese
  10. Shabbat and Medication
  11. Shabbat and Umbrellas
  12. Gel Caps and Gelatin
  13. Wine and Non-Observant Jews
  14. Leap Year Issues
  15. The Missing 168 Years (2019 Version) – Part 1
  16. The Missing 168 Years (2019 Version) – Part 2
  17. Trees, Grafting and Interspecies
  18. Egalitarian Weddings
  19. Learning Halacha From Midrash
  20. Is There A Psak In Hashkafa?
  21. What is Hashkafa and Where Does It Come From?
  22. Ktav Ivri and Ktav Ashuri
  23. Kever Rachel
  24. Archeology – Part 2
  25. Archeology – Part 1 Overview
  26. Davening At Kivrei Avot
  27. Davening Through Melachim
  28. Segulot
  29. The Case of the Poisoned Sandwich
  30. The Accidental Heretic
  31. Contemporary Yichud Issues
  32. Mechitza – Part 1
  33. Mechitza – Part 2
  34. Shaving – Part 1
  35. Shaving – Part 2
  36. The Early Shabbat
  37. The Late Shabbat
  38. The 10 Commandments
  39. Driverless Cars Driverless Cars
  40. Climate Change & Environmentalism Solstice Surprises
  41. Solstice Surprises: Christmas, 9th Tevet and Nittel Nacht Solstice Surprises
  42. Thanksgiving & Chukat HaGoy Thanksgiving and Chukat HaGoy
  43. Bat Mitzvah
  44. Women Rabbis
  45. Copyright Infringement
  46. Art, Beauty & Idolatry
  47. Entering Churches & Mosques – Part 1
  48. Entering Churches & Mosques – Part 2
  49. Religious Perspectives on Non-Observant Jews
  50. The International Date Line (revised 2016)
  51. Mezonot Bread
  52. Science & Chazal – Part 1 (Updated 2018) Science & Chazal – Part 2 (Updated 2018)
  53. Rainbows in Jewish Thought
  54. Torah and Secular Studies
    a) Torah and Derech Eretz
    b) Torah and Secular Studies
  55. Tattoos & Body Piercing
  56. Gambling – The Jewish View
  57. Torah & The Age of The Universe
  58. Women & Talmud Torah
  59. What Do the Poskim Say About Poskot?
    (Click here for more Women’s Issues)
  60. What is Hashkafa?
  61. Democracy in Halacha and Hashkafa?
  62. Life After Life: Olam Haba, Mashiach and Resurrection
    – see Other Topics for more on this issue
  63. Astrology, Superstition and the Occult
  64. Disgraced Rabbis – 2 Shiurim:
    Part 1: Part 2:
  65. Lifnei Iver Issues – 2 Shiurim:
    Part 1: Part 2:
  66. Transgender and Gender Reassignment (2018 Updated Version)
  67. War & Self Defence Against Terrorists (2015)
    – longer version and shorter version
  68. Challenging Jewish Issues on Campus
  69. Wearing Techelet – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  70. Cohanim in Hospitals and as Doctors
  71. Cohanim and Airplanes – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  72. Tuma & Tahara – Washing on Dipped Foods
  73. Music and Sefira – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  74. Kol Isha – Contemporary Perspectives
  75. Shabbat and Electricity – General Principles
  76. Shabbat and Electricity – Microphones and Shabbat
  77. Shabbat and Electricity – Electronic Mitzvot, Hearing Aids and Shabbat
  78. Hand Shaking and Seat Switching
  79. 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.