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. Tevilat Kelim and Modern Technology – Part 1 – Modern Materials
  3. Tevilat Kelim and Modern Technology – Part 2 – Disposables
  4. Ayin Hara – Part 1
  5. Ayin Hara – Part 2
  6. Vaccination in Halacha and Hashkafa – Part 1
  7. Vaccination in Halacha and Hashkafa – Part 2
  8. Torah and the Age of the Universe
  9. Handwashing and Ruach Ra’ah
  10. Destroying Amalek
  11. Vegetarian Cheese
  12. Shabbat and Medication
  13. Shabbat and Umbrellas
  14. Gel Caps and Gelatin
  15. Wine and Non-Observant Jews
  16. Leap Year Issues
  17. The Missing 168 Years (2019 Version) – Part 1
  18. The Missing 168 Years (2019 Version) – Part 2
  19. Trees, Grafting and Interspecies
  20. Egalitarian Weddings
  21. Learning Halacha From Midrash
  22. Is There A Psak In Hashkafa?
  23. What is Hashkafa and Where Does It Come From?
  24. Ktav Ivri and Ktav Ashuri
  25. Kever Rachel
  26. Archeology – Part 2
  27. Archeology – Part 1 Overview
  28. Davening At Kivrei Avot
  29. Davening Through Melachim
  30. Segulot
  31. The Case of the Poisoned Sandwich
  32. The Accidental Heretic
  33. Contemporary Yichud Issues
  34. Mechitza – Part 1
  35. Mechitza – Part 2
  36. Shaving – Part 1
  37. Shaving – Part 2
  38. The Early Shabbat
  39. The Late Shabbat
  40. The 10 Commandments
  41. Driverless Cars Driverless Cars
  42. Climate Change & Environmentalism Solstice Surprises
  43. Solstice Surprises: Christmas, 9th Tevet and Nittel Nacht Solstice Surprises
  44. Thanksgiving & Chukat HaGoy Thanksgiving and Chukat HaGoy
  45. Bat Mitzvah
  46. Women Rabbis
  47. Copyright Infringement
  48. Art, Beauty & Idolatry
  49. Entering Churches & Mosques – Part 1
  50. Entering Churches & Mosques – Part 2
  51. Religious Perspectives on Non-Observant Jews
  52. The International Date Line (revised 2016)
  53. Mezonot Bread
  54. Science & Chazal – Part 1 (Updated 2018) Science & Chazal – Part 2 (Updated 2018)
  55. Rainbows in Jewish Thought
  56. Torah and Secular Studies
    a) Torah and Derech Eretz
    b) Torah and Secular Studies
  57. Tattoos & Body Piercing
  58. Gambling – The Jewish View
  59. Torah & The Age of The Universe
  60. Women & Talmud Torah
  61. What Do the Poskim Say About Poskot?
    (Click here for more Women’s Issues)
  62. What is Hashkafa?
  63. Democracy in Halacha and Hashkafa?
  64. Life After Life: Olam Haba, Mashiach and Resurrection
    – see Other Topics for more on this issue
  65. Astrology, Superstition and the Occult
  66. Disgraced Rabbis – 2 Shiurim:
    Part 1: Part 2:
  67. Lifnei Iver Issues – 2 Shiurim:
    Part 1: Part 2:
  68. Transgender and Gender Reassignment (2018 Updated Version)
  69. War & Self Defence Against Terrorists (2015)
    – longer version and shorter version
  70. Challenging Jewish Issues on Campus
  71. Wearing Techelet – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  72. Cohanim in Hospitals and as Doctors
  73. Cohanim and Airplanes – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  74. Tuma & Tahara – Washing on Dipped Foods
  75. Music and Sefira – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  76. Kol Isha – Contemporary Perspectives
  77. Shabbat and Electricity – General Principles
  78. Shabbat and Electricity – Microphones and Shabbat
  79. Shabbat and Electricity – Electronic Mitzvot, Hearing Aids and Shabbat
  80. Hand Shaking and Seat Switching
  81. 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.