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. Having a Secular Name
  3. Pesukim Engraved on Jewelry
  4. Yizkor
  5. The Implications of the Majority of Jews Living in Israel
  6. Dealing With Difficult Hashkafic Issues
  7. The Reestablishment of the Sanhedrin – Part 1
  8. The Reestablishment of the Sanhedrin – Part 2
  9. Tevilat Kelim and Modern Technology – Part 1 – Modern Materials
  10. Tevilat Kelim and Modern Technology – Part 2 – Disposables
  11. Tevilat Kelim and Modern Technology – Part 3 – Electrical Equipment
  12. Ayin Hara – Part 1
  13. Ayin Hara – Part 2
  14. Vaccination in Halacha and Hashkafa – Part 1
  15. Vaccination in Halacha and Hashkafa – Part 2
  16. Torah and the Age of the Universe
  17. Handwashing and Ruach Ra’ah
  18. Destroying Amalek
  19. Vegetarian Cheese
  20. Shabbat and Medication
  21. Shabbat and Umbrellas
  22. Gel Caps and Gelatin
  23. Wine and Non-Observant Jews
  24. Leap Year Issues
  25. The Missing 168 Years (2019 Version) – Part 1
  26. The Missing 168 Years (2019 Version) – Part 2
  27. Trees, Grafting and Interspecies
  28. Egalitarian Weddings
  29. Learning Halacha From Midrash
  30. Is There A Psak In Hashkafa?
  31. What is Hashkafa and Where Does It Come From?
  32. Ktav Ivri and Ktav Ashuri
  33. Kever Rachel
  34. Archeology – Part 2
  35. Archeology – Part 1 Overview
  36. Davening At Kivrei Avot
  37. Davening Through Melachim
  38. Segulot
  39. The Case of the Poisoned Sandwich
  40. The Accidental Heretic
  41. Contemporary Yichud Issues
  42. Mechitza – Part 1
  43. Mechitza – Part 2
  44. Shaving – Part 1
  45. Shaving – Part 2
  46. The Early Shabbat
  47. The Late Shabbat
  48. The 10 Commandments
  49. Driverless Cars Driverless Cars
  50. Climate Change & Environmentalism Solstice Surprises
  51. Solstice Surprises: Christmas, 9th Tevet and Nittel Nacht Solstice Surprises
  52. Thanksgiving & Chukat HaGoy Thanksgiving and Chukat HaGoy
  53. Bat Mitzvah
  54. Women Rabbis
  55. Copyright Infringement
  56. Art, Beauty & Idolatry
  57. Entering Churches & Mosques – Part 1
  58. Entering Churches & Mosques – Part 2
  59. Religious Perspectives on Non-Observant Jews
  60. The International Date Line (revised 2016)
  61. Mezonot Bread
  62. Science & Chazal – Part 1 (Updated 2018) Science & Chazal – Part 2 (Updated 2018)
  63. Rainbows in Jewish Thought
  64. Torah and Secular Studies
    a) Torah and Derech Eretz
    b) Torah and Secular Studies
  65. Tattoos & Body Piercing
  66. Gambling – The Jewish View
  67. Torah & The Age of The Universe
  68. Women & Talmud Torah
  69. What Do the Poskim Say About Poskot?
    (Click here for more Women’s Issues)
  70. What is Hashkafa?
  71. Democracy in Halacha and Hashkafa?
  72. Life After Life: Olam Haba, Mashiach and Resurrection
    – see Other Topics for more on this issue
  73. Astrology, Superstition and the Occult
  74. Disgraced Rabbis – 2 Shiurim:
    Part 1: Part 2:
  75. Lifnei Iver Issues – 2 Shiurim:
    Part 1: Part 2:
  76. Transgender and Gender Reassignment (2018 Updated Version)
  77. War & Self Defence Against Terrorists (2015)
    – longer version and shorter version
  78. Challenging Jewish Issues on Campus
  79. Wearing Techelet – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  80. Cohanim in Hospitals and as Doctors
  81. Cohanim and Airplanes – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  82. Tuma & Tahara – Washing on Dipped Foods
  83. Music and Sefira – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  84. Kol Isha – Contemporary Perspectives
  85. Shabbat and Electricity – General Principles
  86. Shabbat and Electricity – Microphones and Shabbat
  87. Shabbat and Electricity – Electronic Mitzvot, Hearing Aids and Shabbat
  88. Hand Shaking and Seat Switching
  89. 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.