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. Torah and The Age of The Universe Part 2 (2022)
  3. Torah, The Age of The Universe and Non-Literal Readings of Bereishit (2022)
  4. Ha’aramah – Loopholes in Halacha – Part 2
  5. Ha’aramah – Loopholes in Halacha – Part 1
  6. Prozbul
  7. Shemitat Kesafim
  8. Judaism and Music – Part 4: Davening and Zemirot to Non-Jewish Tunes
  9. Judaism and Music – Part 3: Jewish Music
  10. Judaism and Music – Part 2: Non-Jewish Music
  11. Judaism and Music – Part 1: Music and Churban
  12. Zecher Lemikdash and Zecher Lechurban
  13. Selling a Synagogue
  14. Calendar Conundrums – Part 4: The Parasha Split
  15. Calendar Conundrums – Part 3: Tal U’Matar on Dec 4
  16. Calendar Conundrums – Part 2: Using the Secular Calendar
  17. Calendar Conundrums – Part 1: Foundations
  18. Art, Aesthetics and Idolatry (2022) – Part 1
  19. Art, Aesthetics and Idolatry (2022) – Part 2
  20. Art, Aesthetics and Idolatry (2022) – Part 3
  21. Mixed Seating at Weddings (2022)
  22. Dancing and Clapping on Shabbat and Yom Tov
  23. Showering on Yom Tov
  24. Conversion – Part 3 – Mila, Tevila, Korban & Mitzvot
  25. Conversion – Part 2 – Jews & Non-Jews
  26. Conversion – Part 1 – Hashkafic Foundations
  27. Saving Klal Yisrael and the Honey Trap
  28. Halacha and Kabbala – Part 2
  29. Halacha and Kabbala – Part 1
  30. Chadash & Chutz LeAretz
  31. Emuna and Belief – Part 2
  32. Emuna and Belief – Part 1
  33. The Wording of Bircot HaMitzva
  34. Chocolate Raisins & Berachot
  35. The Beracha on the COVID Vaccine
  36. Burial, Dissection and Autopsy – Part 2
  37. Burial, Dissection and Autopsy – Part 1
  38. Pilegesh – Part 2
  39. Pilegesh – Part 1
  40. Brit Avot and Brit Sinai – Living as An Avot Jew
  41. Did The Avot Keep the Torah?
  42. Non-Jews and Mitzvot – Part 2 – Lifnei Iver
  43. Non-Jews and Mitzvot – Part 1 – Noahides
  44. Torah and Evolution – Part 2
  45. Torah and Evolution – Part 1
  46. Torah From Heaven
  47. The Last 8 Verses in the Torah
  48. Conjoined Twins
  49. Multifetal Reducations
  50. Halachic Wills – Part 2
  51. Halachic Wills – Part 1
  52. Oral Torah – Is the Halacha From Sinai Why Should I Keep It?
  53. Written Torah – How Was the Chumash Written and Why Is That Important Today?
  54. Porch and Street Minyanim Part 2 and Zoom Kaddish
  55. Porch and Street Minyanim – Part 1
  56. Halacha and the Internet – Part 2 – Copyright and VPNs
  57. Halacha and the Internet – Part 1 – Downloading Music and Theft
  58. Halacha in Extreme Places – Part 3 – Space
  59. Halacha in Extreme Places – Part 2 – Polar Regions
  60. Halacha in Extreme Places – Part 1 – The International Date Line (2019)
  61. Brit Milah – Part 3 – The Controversy over Metzitza
  62. Brit Milah – Part 2 – Brit on Shabbat – Unusual Cases
  63. Brit Milah – Part 1 – Use of Anesthetics
  64. Torah and Chochma (2019 series) – Part 3
  65. Torah and Chochma (2019 series) – Part 2
  66. Torah and Chochma (2019 series) – Part 1
  67. Literal and Non-Literal Readings of Tanach – Part 2
  68. Literal and Non-Literal Readings of Tanach – Part 1
  69. Torah and the Age of the Universe
  70. Having a Secular Name
  71. Pesukim Engraved on Jewelry
  72. Yizkor
  73. The Implications of the Majority of Jews Living in Israel
  74. Dealing With Difficult Hashkafic Issues
  75. The Reestablishment of the Sanhedrin – Part 1
  76. The Reestablishment of the Sanhedrin – Part 2
  77. Tevilat Kelim and Modern Technology – Part 1 – Modern Materials
  78. Tevilat Kelim and Modern Technology – Part 2 – Disposables
  79. Tevilat Kelim and Modern Technology – Part 3 – Electrical Equipment
  80. Ayin Hara – Part 1
  81. Ayin Hara – Part 2
  82. Vaccination in Halacha and Hashkafa – Part 1
  83. Vaccination in Halacha and Hashkafa – Part 2
  84. Torah and the Age of the Universe
  85. Handwashing and Ruach Ra’ah
  86. Destroying Amalek
  87. Vegetarian Cheese
  88. Shabbat and Medication
  89. Shabbat and Umbrellas
  90. Gel Caps and Gelatin
  91. Wine and Non-Observant Jews
  92. Leap Year Issues
  93. The Missing 168 Years (2019 Version) – Part 1
  94. The Missing 168 Years (2019 Version) – Part 2
  95. Trees, Grafting and Interspecies
  96. Egalitarian Weddings
  97. Learning Halacha From Midrash
  98. Is There A Psak In Hashkafa?
  99. What is Hashkafa and Where Does It Come From?
  100. Ktav Ivri and Ktav Ashuri
  101. Kever Rachel
  102. Archeology – Part 2
  103. Archeology – Part 1 Overview
  104. Davening At Kivrei Avot
  105. Davening Through Melachim
  106. Segulot
  107. The Case of the Poisoned Sandwich
  108. The Accidental Heretic
  109. Contemporary Yichud Issues
  110. Mechitza – Part 1
  111. Mechitza – Part 2
  112. Shaving – Part 1
  113. Shaving – Part 2
  114. The Early Shabbat
  115. The Late Shabbat
  116. The 10 Commandments
  117. Driverless Cars Driverless Cars
  118. Climate Change & Environmentalism Solstice Surprises
  119. Solstice Surprises: Christmas, 9th Tevet and Nittel Nacht Solstice Surprises
  120. Thanksgiving & Chukat HaGoy Thanksgiving and Chukat HaGoy
  121. Bat Mitzvah
  122. Women Rabbis
  123. Copyright Infringement
  124. Art, Beauty & Idolatry
  125. Entering Churches & Mosques – Part 1
  126. Entering Churches & Mosques – Part 2
  127. Religious Perspectives on Non-Observant Jews
  128. The International Date Line (revised 2016)
  129. Mezonot Bread
  130. Science & Chazal – Part 1 (Updated 2018) Science & Chazal – Part 2 (Updated 2018)
  131. Rainbows in Jewish Thought
  132. Torah and Secular Studies
    a) Torah and Derech Eretz
    b) Torah and Secular Studies
  133. Tattoos & Body Piercing
  134. Gambling – The Jewish View
  135. Torah & The Age of The Universe
  136. Women & Talmud Torah
  137. What Do the Poskim Say About Poskot?
    (Click here for more Women’s Issues)
  138. What is Hashkafa?
  139. Democracy in Halacha and Hashkafa?
  140. Life After Life: Olam Haba, Mashiach and Resurrection
    – see Other Topics for more on this issue
  141. Astrology, Superstition and the Occult
  142. Disgraced Rabbis – 2 Shiurim:
    Part 1: Part 2:
  143. Lifnei Iver Issues – 2 Shiurim:
    Part 1: Part 2:
  144. Transgender and Gender Reassignment (2018 Updated Version)
  145. War & Self Defence Against Terrorists (2015)
    – longer version and shorter version
  146. Challenging Jewish Issues on Campus
  147. Wearing Techelet – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  148. Cohanim in Hospitals and as Doctors
  149. Cohanim and Airplanes – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  150. Tuma & Tahara – Washing on Dipped Foods
  151. Music and Sefira – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  152. Kol Isha – Contemporary Perspectives
  153. Shabbat and Electricity – General Principles
  154. Shabbat and Electricity – Microphones and Shabbat
  155. Shabbat and Electricity – Electronic Mitzvot, Hearing Aids and Shabbat
  156. Hand Shaking and Seat Switching
  157. 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.