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. Literal and Non-Literal Readings of Tanach – Part 2
  3. Literal and Non-Literal Readings of Tanach – Part 1
  4. Torah and the Age of the Universe
  5. Having a Secular Name
  6. Pesukim Engraved on Jewelry
  7. Yizkor
  8. The Implications of the Majority of Jews Living in Israel
  9. Dealing With Difficult Hashkafic Issues
  10. The Reestablishment of the Sanhedrin – Part 1
  11. The Reestablishment of the Sanhedrin – Part 2
  12. Tevilat Kelim and Modern Technology – Part 1 – Modern Materials
  13. Tevilat Kelim and Modern Technology – Part 2 – Disposables
  14. Tevilat Kelim and Modern Technology – Part 3 – Electrical Equipment
  15. Ayin Hara – Part 1
  16. Ayin Hara – Part 2
  17. Vaccination in Halacha and Hashkafa – Part 1
  18. Vaccination in Halacha and Hashkafa – Part 2
  19. Torah and the Age of the Universe
  20. Handwashing and Ruach Ra’ah
  21. Destroying Amalek
  22. Vegetarian Cheese
  23. Shabbat and Medication
  24. Shabbat and Umbrellas
  25. Gel Caps and Gelatin
  26. Wine and Non-Observant Jews
  27. Leap Year Issues
  28. The Missing 168 Years (2019 Version) – Part 1
  29. The Missing 168 Years (2019 Version) – Part 2
  30. Trees, Grafting and Interspecies
  31. Egalitarian Weddings
  32. Learning Halacha From Midrash
  33. Is There A Psak In Hashkafa?
  34. What is Hashkafa and Where Does It Come From?
  35. Ktav Ivri and Ktav Ashuri
  36. Kever Rachel
  37. Archeology – Part 2
  38. Archeology – Part 1 Overview
  39. Davening At Kivrei Avot
  40. Davening Through Melachim
  41. Segulot
  42. The Case of the Poisoned Sandwich
  43. The Accidental Heretic
  44. Contemporary Yichud Issues
  45. Mechitza – Part 1
  46. Mechitza – Part 2
  47. Shaving – Part 1
  48. Shaving – Part 2
  49. The Early Shabbat
  50. The Late Shabbat
  51. The 10 Commandments
  52. Driverless Cars Driverless Cars
  53. Climate Change & Environmentalism Solstice Surprises
  54. Solstice Surprises: Christmas, 9th Tevet and Nittel Nacht Solstice Surprises
  55. Thanksgiving & Chukat HaGoy Thanksgiving and Chukat HaGoy
  56. Bat Mitzvah
  57. Women Rabbis
  58. Copyright Infringement
  59. Art, Beauty & Idolatry
  60. Entering Churches & Mosques – Part 1
  61. Entering Churches & Mosques – Part 2
  62. Religious Perspectives on Non-Observant Jews
  63. The International Date Line (revised 2016)
  64. Mezonot Bread
  65. Science & Chazal – Part 1 (Updated 2018) Science & Chazal – Part 2 (Updated 2018)
  66. Rainbows in Jewish Thought
  67. Torah and Secular Studies
    a) Torah and Derech Eretz
    b) Torah and Secular Studies
  68. Tattoos & Body Piercing
  69. Gambling – The Jewish View
  70. Torah & The Age of The Universe
  71. Women & Talmud Torah
  72. What Do the Poskim Say About Poskot?
    (Click here for more Women’s Issues)
  73. What is Hashkafa?
  74. Democracy in Halacha and Hashkafa?
  75. Life After Life: Olam Haba, Mashiach and Resurrection
    – see Other Topics for more on this issue
  76. Astrology, Superstition and the Occult
  77. Disgraced Rabbis – 2 Shiurim:
    Part 1: Part 2:
  78. Lifnei Iver Issues – 2 Shiurim:
    Part 1: Part 2:
  79. Transgender and Gender Reassignment (2018 Updated Version)
  80. War & Self Defence Against Terrorists (2015)
    – longer version and shorter version
  81. Challenging Jewish Issues on Campus
  82. Wearing Techelet – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  83. Cohanim in Hospitals and as Doctors
  84. Cohanim and Airplanes – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  85. Tuma & Tahara – Washing on Dipped Foods
  86. Music and Sefira – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
  87. Kol Isha – Contemporary Perspectives
  88. Shabbat and Electricity – General Principles
  89. Shabbat and Electricity – Microphones and Shabbat
  90. Shabbat and Electricity – Electronic Mitzvot, Hearing Aids and Shabbat
  91. Hand Shaking and Seat Switching
  92. 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.