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?

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  2. Solstice Surprises: Christmas, 9th Tevet and Nittel NachtSolstice Surprises

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  3. Thanksgiving & Chukat HaGoy Thanksgiving and Chukat HaGoy

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  4. Bat Mitzvah

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  5. Women Rabbis 

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  6. Copyright Infringement

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  7. Art, Beauty & Idolatry Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

  8. Entering Churches & Mosques – Part 1

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  9. Entering Churches & Mosques – Part 2

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  10. Religious Perspectives on Non-Observant Jews

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  11. The International Date Line (revised 2016) 

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  12. Mezonot Bread  

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  13. Science & Chazal – Part 1

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    Science & Chazal – Part 2 

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  14. Torah and Secular Studies
    a) Torah and Derech Eretz 

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    b) Torah and Secular Studies

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  15. Tattoos & Body Piercing

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  16. Gambling – The Jewish View 

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  17. Torah & The Age of The Universe

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  18. Women & Talmud Torah

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  19. What Do the Poskim Say About Poskot? (Click here for more Women’s Issues)
  20. What is Hashkafa?

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  21. Democracy in Halacha and Hashkafa?

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  22. Life After Life: Olam Haba, Mashiach and Resurrection 
    – see Other Topics for more on this issue

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  23. Astrology, Superstition and the Occult 

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  24. Transgender and Gender Reassignment

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  25. War & Self Defence Against Terrorists  (2015) 
    – longer version  and shorter version 
  26. Challenging Jewish Issues on Campus

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  27. Wearing Techelet – 2 Shiurim
    Part 1: Part 2:
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.