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