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