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